Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Do Your Jobs and Fix the State Budget Mess

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Do Your Jobs and Fix the State Budget Mess

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The Sept. 16 headline "Wolf Follows Through on Promise to Curtail Spending, Freezes $1.2 Billion in Medicaid Funds" was the last straw for me. The inability of our state representatives and governor to work together to fulfill their obligations to the people they represent is appalling. Without a budget, some of our organizations who serve our poorest residents/taxpayers in our state will be denied the support they require to continue their much-needed services.

With salaries of $190,823 (governor), $86,479 (state representatives and senators), $185 per diem expense accounts (unsupported with receipts), 79 days (representatives) and 68 days (senators) of actual sessions, and their six-week vacations, they should be able to find some time to meet with each other, consider the plight a large portion of our citizens are in, and make a concerted effort to pass a budget that will make their lives easier. …

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