Area Lawmakers Comment on Wolf Visit to LCCC
HARRISBURG – Reps. Gary Day (R-Lehigh/Berks), Julie Harhart (R-Lehigh/Northampton), Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon), Jerry Knowles (R-Berks/Carbon/Schuylkill) and Justin Simmons (R-Lehigh/Montgomery/Northampton) issued the following statement after Gov. Tom Wolf’s visit to Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) today:

“We appreciate the governor visiting Lehigh Carbon Community College today and drawing attention to the wonderful things this institution is doing for our students and our community. LCCC offers affordable access to quality education in a wide variety of in-demand fields and, because of that, its students have been highly successful in finding quality employment after graduation.

“Like Gov. Wolf, we also want to see LCCC continue to grow and thrive and help both traditional and non-traditional students succeed in life. We too want ‘schools that teach,’ ‘government that works’ and ‘jobs that pay.’ But we don’t believe bigger government and bigger spending is the way to achieve those goals.

“The governor has proposed growing our state budget to $33.8 billion, which is 16 percent more spending than in the current year. In fact, to meet the governor’s spending demands, the people of this Commonwealth will see their taxes increased by more than $12 billion over the course of the next two fiscal years.

“The budget proposal includes higher income taxes, higher sales taxes and more items being subject to the higher sales tax, including things like textbooks for students at LCCC and day care services for working parents or those headed back to school. Without meaningful property tax relief, these taxes would impose a significant burden on individuals, families and small businesses. Ultimately, this goes against everyone’s goal of fostering a healthy economy that ensures quality job opportunities here in the Lehigh Valley and across the state.

“We look forward to the opportunity to work with the governor to negotiate a budget that supports the core functions of government, such as K-12 and higher education, while remaining fiscally responsible and accountable to the hard-working citizens of this Commonwealth.”

Representative Gary Day
187th District
Representative Julie Harhart
183rd District
Representative Doyle Heffley
122nd District
Representative Jerry Knowles
124th District
Representative Justin Simmons
131st District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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