Thursday, April 12, 2012

House Minority Leader’s Statement on Release of House FY13 Budget

In case you missed it, House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading) issued the following statement in response to the release of the House Fiscal Year 2013 budget:

I appreciate the work done by Chairman Dempsey and the House Committee on Ways and Means on the House Fiscal Year 2013 budget. The proposed budget contains some positive aspects, particularly since it does not contain any new taxes, as promised by Speaker DeLeo.

I am pleased that multiple Republican-led initiatives, including proposals derived from the GOP Jobs Package and increased oversight for government led assistance programs, have made their way into the budget presented today. Furthermore, the Republican priority from last year’s budget – increased local aid – is a welcome addition to this year’s recommendations, as cities and towns are still facing challenges providing basic services to their residents.

The Republican Caucus anticipates the opportunity, albeit brief, to analyze the House budget in the coming days. We will propose targeted changes to the budget to deliver a fiscally sound and responsible budget to the taxpayers of the Commonwealth.