– Rep. Ryan Warner (R-Fayette) issued the following statement in response to passage of a 2023-24 budget by the state House on Wednesday.
“This budget can best be described as the Benedict Arnold budget.
“In politics, as in life, you are only as good as your word. This week, Gov. Josh Shapiro showed his true colors when he reneged on his agreement with the state Senate to include $100 million in scholarships to students trapped in the state’s worst performing schools.
“But worse than double-crossing the state Senate is the governor breaking his campaign promise to the people of this Commonwealth, and specifically to children and their families trapped in failing schools. They need a lifeline, the governor dangled it out there and then he reeled it in, leaving them behind to continue struggling.
“To make matters worse, this budget spends beyond what we can afford. The people of this Commonwealth deserve better.”