HARRISBURGThe House Appropriations Committee held its final day of budget hearings. The committee heard from the governor’s Budget Secretary Greg Thall. House Appropriations Chairman Stan Saylor of York County states, “As we conclude our three weeks of budget hearings on the governor’s proposed budget for the 2022-23 fiscal year, we’ve learned a lot and confirmed much of what we already knew. As we have grown to expect, his budget proposal is heavy on spending and light on fiscal responsibility.” Saylor continues by saying, “The governor presented a $43.7 billion spending plan that would increase state spending by a historic 16.6%. That equates to $17 million per day and $1,055 annually per working Pennsylvanian in new state spending. It is simply indefensible.”