Business leaders applauded Republican U.S. Reps. Joe Pitts and Todd Platts for pushing earmark reform after the representatives announced a moratorium on the set-asides.
“We think government spending is excessive and out of control at the federal and state level, and earmarks is a big part of it,” said Tom Donley, president of the York County Chamber of Commerce.
Pitts represents Berks, Chester and Lancaster counties and Platts represents Adams, Cumberland and York counties. The representatives have used earmarks to fund causes ranging from highway improvements to support centers for abused children. They declared a yearlong moratorium on their use of earmarks to highlight their argument that the process by which members of Congress allocate money to pet projects needs an overhaul.
“The system is broken and we need to reform it,” Platts said.
For more on this story, pick up the March 14 issue of the Central Penn Business Journal