HARRISBURG – The PA Senate Finance Committee approved the Taxpayer Protection Act which limits the growth of state spending and ensures the state budget aligns with the economy and what taxpayers can afford. Senate Bill 286 is a constitutional amendment that ties the growth of state spending to a combined rate of inflation and population growth. Although the bill does not mandate cuts to state programs or services, it does create controls to prevent runaway spending. Spending limits in the bill may be exceeded in cases of emergency only if approved by a super-majority of the General Assembly. As a proposed constitutional amendment, the bill must be approved by the state Legislature in two consecutive sessions before going to the voters for a final decision as a ballot referendum. It does not require the governor’s signature. The bill goes to the full Senate for consideration.