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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Causer Opposes Budget That Spends More Than Taxpayers Can Afford

Causer Opposes Budget That Spends
More Than Taxpayers Can Afford

HARRISBURG - A 2010-11 budget proposal passed by the state House Tuesday increases state spending by more than $1 billion despite continued declines in state revenues, Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) said today. Causer was among 89 members who opposed the measure.

"This is not a responsible or sustainable budget," Causer said. "The state's tax revenues are continuing to come up short. Federal stimulus funds that have helped fill the gaps run out next year. Families and employers across the state are struggling to recover from the recession. They can't afford to send more money to Harrisburg."

House Bill 2279 reflects the budget proposed by Gov. Ed Rendell in February. The $29 billion spending plan represents a $1.2 billion increase over last year. It is estimated the Commonwealth will face a revenue shortfall of more than a half billion when the fiscal year ends June 30.

"In the real world, people who lose income compensate by spending less," Causer said. "State government should do the same."

Instead, the governor is relying on more than $2.7 billion in federal stimulus funds to balance the budget, plus more than $800 million in additional federal dollars not yet approved by Congress. Those funds will not be available when the next budget rolls around, and it is doubtful state revenues will have recovered enough to make up the difference.

"This approach virtually guarantees a tax increase for Pennsylvanians, possibly at both the state and local levels, in the 2011-12 budget," Causer said.

In fact, the governor has proposed a number of new and increased taxes to fund a "Stimulus Transition Reserve Fund" to make up for the loss of stimulus money. Among the proposed taxes is an expansion of the sales tax rate to include many products and services currently excluded. Food and clothing would still be sales tax-free. The tax rate would drop to 4 percent on all items taxed.

"Rather than finding ways to support increased spending, we should be focused on living within our means," Causer said.


Vicki said...

You and the other 89 members are right to oppose this increase in spending from Fast Eddie, but then again he is out of here soon, just not soon enough for some of us.

Marty, Fast Eddie is still on his "Obama High" from the Sunday vote and his appearance on Fox News! Guess he and Nancy P. are of the same thinking, "They know what is best for us tax payers even if we do not know it"!

Fast Eddie should stop tarnishing Fox News channel and stay off their shows. I rather enjoy watching them until he is on and embarrasses all of us from the commonwealth!

Little Johnny the Flatlander said...

Mr Rendell is here to stay. We love him down here in Philly and our votes will easily outnumber the people opposed to him. He's doing a great job...I don't know what you people are thinking. Oh...I forgot....if it's not about Potter County it can't be a good thing. Just keep that mentality.....the future is coming.

Keep him! said...

Rendell is done!

He can not be our governor for another term, thank heavens. Keep Fast Eddie in Philly there 'lil flatlander!

What? said...

"We love him down here in Philly and our votes will easily outnumber the people opposed to him."...

Good for you!

Maybe if you are lucky he will be on one of your local ballots for your city offices because HE CAN NOT RUN FOR ANOTHER TERM AS GOVERNOR OF PA. You have shown your lack of knowledge to us Potter Countians!