HARRISBURG – Senator Ryan P. Aument (R-36) offered the following comment on Governor Wolf’s veto of Senate Bill 1000, emergency funding legislation intended to address the immediate needs of Pennsylvania human service agencies and schools:
“Governor Wolf’s decision to veto emergency funding legislation today represents the very worst in public service – putting his own priorities above the very real needs of the people of Lancaster County and Pennsylvania. This is exactly what is wrong with government.
“There is simply no justifiable reason for withholding all monies, both state and federal, from those that need it most, including people who are served by human service agencies, including food pantries, homeless shelters, those with blindness and visual impairment, intellectual disabilities, to name a few.
“Further, by his veto, the Governor continues to withhold funds from our schools, which may have to begin borrowing to meet the ongoing obligations to keep education services going. It is simply unconscionable that school children in Pennsylvania attending private schools still do not have textbooks.
“No one in our Commonwealth was served well by today’s action. The people rightfully should be angry about any leader who knowingly puts people in harm’s way to hold out for higher taxes. Responsible and reasonable people do not do that.”
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