Thompson, Members of Congress From Pennsylvania Call Upon Governor Wolf to Release Federal Funds

Mar 17, 2016

Washington, DC – Today, on the 261st day of Pennsylvania’s state budget impasse, U.S. Rep. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-5) and members of Congress from Pennsylvania called upon Gov. Wolf to release federally-appropriated funds that support the Commonwealth’s largest industry, agriculture.  In particular, the funds are essential to operations of the Penn State Extension offices, which support agricultural services and education in all 67 counties.

In total, the federal funding amounts to nearly $80 million and includes support for agricultural grants.  If the Governor vetoes the current budget proposal, layoffs could begin May 1st.

“Should the budget impasse continue, Pennsylvania will become the first state to sever a 100 year old agriculture partnership with the federal government, resulting in the loss of 1,100 jobs and more than $7.4 billion in economic output from the agriculture industry,” said Thompson, a senior member of the House Agriculture Committee.

“The Governor is a multimillionaire and has obviously lost touch with the hard working families across the commonwealth that rely upon these jobs and services provided to our communities. His political brinksmanship has placed families, jobs and our economy in jeopardy,” added Thompson.