Op-Ed: Pennsylvania budget process should aid the cause of taxpayers and transparency

Originally published in LancasterOnline.

State lawmakers have returned to Harrisburg with one major goal: finish the 2020-2021 budget.

Even under normal conditions, it’s no easy feat to negotiate a budget agreement. But now, lawmakers confront a revenue shortfall because of COVID-19. A prolonged business shutdown earlier this year, imposed by Gov. Tom Wolf, has only worsened Pennsylvania’s economic fallout. It remains unclear if any additional COVID-19 relief money from Washington will be added into the mix.

As negotiations continue, lawmakers must remain transparent, finalize a balanced budget that Wolf will sign and do so by Nov. 30.

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