Contact Information 
District Offices
315 East Market Street
Suite 100
Clearfield, PA 16830

(814) 765-0609

Fax: (814) 765-0592

264 Haida Avenue
Suite A1
Hastings, PA 16646.
Phone (814) 247-6210
Fax (814) 247-6212

Satellite Office 
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
600 Lingle Street, Suite 100
Osceola Mills, PA 16666
Phone: (814) 339-6544
Fax: (814) 339-6546

Capitol Office
149B East Wing
PO Box 202073
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2073
Phone: (717) 787-7099
Fax: (717) 782-2922
The Wolf Budget Proposal
On Tuesday, March 3, Gov. Tom Wolf addressed a joint session of the General Assembly and laid out his budget proposal for the 2015-16 fiscal year. You’ve no doubt read and heard a great many responses to what he said that day.

The most important thing you can take from the governor’s budget address is that it’s a starting point in a very long, arduous process. What he would like to get accomplished and what actually is part of the 2015-16 budget will no doubt be quite different. The Appropriations Committee hearings being held this month in Harrisburg go a long way in determining just how different. We have a great deal to negotiate between now and the July 1 due date.

No one should make the mistake of writing off his entire proposal before seeing every detail. While our economy is slowly improving, we remain in trying financial times. We must look at all the tools we have at our disposal while trying to right the ship. That being said, the priority is, and always should be, you the taxpayer.

No matter where you stand on the Wolf wish list, you cannot dispute the fact that he has laid a lot of tax increases on the table that are going to be tough to sell by either side of the aisle. In my opinion, I find it hard to believe there are 83 Democrat votes in support of that many increases.

Wolf’s budget proposal calls for $33.8 billion in total spending, representing an unprecedented tax increase of 16 percent or $4.6 billion over the current fiscal year. I find that figure a bit frightening. Coming from a small family business, I know asking for an increase in the Personal Income Tax and sales tax does not sit well with those in charge of the payroll.

From that same perspective, I love the thought of lowering the Commonwealth’s Corporate Net Income (CNI) tax rate. Pennsylvania remains among the most business unfriendly states. I think reducing the CNI promotes more of an “Open For Business” mentality for corporations looking for a new home and moves us in a more competitive direction.

The governor has also expressed a desire to keep coal in the mix. That is a smart move in any state’s energy portfolio, especially in a situation such as ours. We have an abundance and are depended on quite heavily by surrounding states. To write off coal is a mistake from an employment, energy and taxpayer perspective.

While spring is just around the corner, the budget days of summer are a long way off. A great deal of work has yet to be done, and I’ll be doing it with you, the taxpayer, at the forefront in making my decisions on what to support.

Questions about this or any legislative issue should be directed to my Clearfield office at (814) 765-0609, my Hastings office at (814) 247-6210 or my Osceola Mills office at (814) 339-6544.

Representative Tommy Sankey
73rd District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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