HARRISBURG — Rep. Zach Mako (R-Lehigh/Northampton) issued the following statement in response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s $40.2 billion budget proposal:
“I’m stunned the governor would propose a 46% Personal Income Tax increase while we are still in the midst of a pandemic. Not only will this tax increase affect individual filers but also our small business owners who pay this tax too.
“Instead of increasing taxes the governor should be focused on fixing the unemployment system so that hard-working Pennsylvanians who have paid in can access the benefits they have earned. He also should be working to fix his COVID-19 vaccination plan that has Pennsylvania near the bottom of all states in getting shots in the arms of residents. It’s time for him to work with the Legislature to get Pennsylvania’s house in order instead of creating further obstacles.
“In addition, the Legislature has consistently increased preK-12 state education funding. In the past 10 years, more than $3.6 billion in additional state money has flowed to school districts. Schools have always been funded in a responsible way. There is no unending pot to draw money from. Pennsylvanians cannot financially support such a large increase.”
For more information on the 2021-22 state budget, go to pahousegop.com
The 183rd District includes South Whitehall (part), Washington and Whitehall (part) townships and Slatington Borough in Lehigh County. It also consists of Allen, Lehigh and Moore (part) townships, and North Catasauqua, Northampton and Walnutport boroughs in Northampton County.
Representative Zachary Mako
183rd Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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