Delegate Scott Garrett's Statement on the Governor's Budget Proposal For Fiscal Year 2016 - 2018

 

STATEMENT OF DELEGATE GARRETT ON GOVERNOR MCAULIFFE’S PROPOSED BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2016-18

Richmond, VA – The House Appropriations Committee, the House Finance Committee, and the Senate Finance Committee met today to hear Governor McAuliffe’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2017-18. This is the first step in crafting Virginia’s two-year state budget. Delegate Scott Garrett is a member of the House Appropriations Committee and serves on the Health and Human Resources and Compensation and Retirement Subcommittees.

"I thank the Governor for the energetic presentation of his wants and look forward to reviewing the proposed budget as my colleagues and I begin our work on the House Appropriations Committee. Upon my initial review, I am concerned that the Governor has raised expectations and over-promised. His plan seems to rely on new taxes for our hospitals, borrowing over $2 billion, and spending an additional $1 billion on projects he’s deemed affordable.

We must be very careful about how much we spend and borrow on behalf of taxpayers. In the end, I look forward to working with both the Senate and the Governor to craft a responsible, conservative budget that strategically invests in the core functions of government while protecting precious taxpayer resources," said Delegate Garrett.

Delegate T. Scott Garrett, M.D. represents the 23rd District in the Virginia General Assembly, which includes portions of Amherst County, Bedford County, and the City of Lynchburg.

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