HARRISBURG – Rep. Carl Walker Metzgar (R-Somerset/Bedford) issued the following statement regarding his vote on the 2017-18 budget bill:
This budget will require the borrowing of $2 billion against the Tobacco Settlement Fund.
“New Jersey borrowed $92 million in this manner in 2014, resulting in an estimated payback of $400 million. I cannot in good conscience put Pennsylvanians further in debt simply because we refuse to pass a budget that only spends money that we have. Taking a small lump of money now instead of using the stream of money as it arrives is like trading a new Corvette on an old Yugo just because the Yugo has a full tank of gas.”
Representative Carl Walker Metzgar
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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