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AUDITOR GENERAL HAFER RESPONDS TO GOV. ROBERT P. CASEY'S BUDGET ADDRESS

AUDITOR GENERAL HAFER RESPONDS TO GOV. ROBERT P. CASEY'S BUDGET ADDRESS
 PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Auditor General Barbara Hafer today said that the fiscal prudence called for in Gov. Robert P. Casey's budget address for the 1992-93 fiscal year lacked a crucial element -- promptness.
 "It's most unfortunate that it took an economic downturn to get this governor to agree to cut waste, streamline spending and do what every responsible government leader should do as a matter of common sense," Hafer said.
 "In January, when I released the GAAP Audit, I called for a reduction in spending, and it appears that now he's finally heard the call of Pennsylvania taxpayers. The bottom line is overspending. The citizens can't do it with their personal budgets. The governor shouldn't either.
 "This administration uses terms like 'revenue shortfall,' 'budget gap,' and every name in the book but what it specifically is ... a budget deficit," Hafer said.
 "The good news is, someone finally broke the governor's rose-colored glasses. He's finally seen that he's hurt the Pennsylvania economy with his excessive taxing policies," Hafer added.
 "We are enduring a record-breaking tax increase because the governor has failed in the past to live within the budget, and expenses have consistently outpaced revenues. Now the governor wants to change spending policies, but the fiscal damage has already been done," Hafer said.
 "This budget address should have been delivered two years ago. We need to take a hard look at waste and abuse in all areas, such as welfare, education and the prison system," Hafer concluded.
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