HARRISBURG – Legislation that would ensure the state budget aligns with the economy and what taxpayers can afford has been introduced. Senate Bill 286, known as the Taxpayer Protection Act, is a constitutional amendment that ties the growth of state spending to a combined rate of inflation and population growth. The measure does not mandate cuts to government spending. Its spending limits may be exceeded in cases of emergency if approved by a super-majority of the General Assembly. The Taxpayer Protection Act is a proposed constitutional amendment that must be passed in two consecutive legislative sessions and does not require the governor’s signature. Upon its second consecutive passage, it will then be voted on by Pennsylvanians as a ballot referendum.