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Causer Opposes Budget That Spends More Than Taxpayers Can Afford

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. 

Rep. Martin T. Causer
67th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

(814) 362-4400
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Contact:  Patricia A. Hippler
House Republican Public Relations
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