Currently, Pennsylvania operates without a mechanism in place to restrain the growth of state spending.
With the Commonwealth now facing a $3.5 billion budget deficit for FY 2021-22, the need for and value of such a mechanism is readily apparent.
House Bill 71 addresses this issue by proposing a constitutional amendment preventing the General Assembly from increasing spending above a three-year index determined by inflation and population growth.
Lawmakers can approve spending above this level only if two-thirds of the General Assembly votes to exceed the spending limit. Additionally, the bill explicitly prohibits lawmakers from shifting spending from the general fund to the state’s special funds or restricted receipt accounts.
House Bill 71 would significantly impact Pennsylvania’s finances while improving the lives of our citizens. By embracing fiscal responsibility and working separately to create a pro-growth tax code, this bill will help promote prosperity for generations to come.
Sign the letter encouraging your lawmakers to support HB 71!