HARRISBURG — With the state budget process soon to begin, members of the Common Sense Caucus (CSC), a group of 18 rank-and-file Republican members from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, including Rep. Cris Dush, R-Jefferson/Indiana, are calling on negotiators to control spending and hold the line on taxes.

“Duties in the district precluded my attendance at the press conference, but our team was well represented,” said Dush. “Rep. Paul Schemel (R-Franklin) did an excellent job of presenting the CSC’s message at Thursday’s Capitol news conference in advance of Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget address to the General Assembly on Tuesday, Feb. 6.”

“You can’t spend more than you take in. That’s basic economics, but in our annual struggle to balance the budget, we frequently overestimate revenues and underestimate expenditures,” said Schemel. “At a minimum, spending should never outpace growth. Pennsylvania’s spending has been rising faster than growth. This means that taxpayers will not only have to pay more in taxes, but taxes will increasingly consume a greater percentage of their income.”

CSC members plan to be engaged in the budget process by being active in committee, speaking with other members individually, and pushing for legislative budget solutions.

“From the very beginning I’ve promised the people I serve that I would find those who are solution- oriented and willing to take on the tough issues the Commonwealth faces,” said Dush. “As my colleague, Paul Schemel stated, ‘The Common Sense Caucus will be there to participate, to advocate and, most importantly, to vote. We are a strong block of voters committed to controlling spending, and we are growing in number.’”

To view the news conference video, visit https://youtu.be/xIapiaxs0QA.

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