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Ford City, PA 16226-1212
Tel: 724-763-3222
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Staff: Abigail Major (Chief of Staff), Amajor@pahousegop.com
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612 South Pike Road #106
Sarver, PA 16055
Phone: (724) 295-2200
Fax: (724) 295-2322  

Staff: Zachary Reigh, Zreigh@pahousegop.com
Marcia Fox Mfox@pahousegop.com

Hours: Mon-Fri 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.    

Capitol Office
216 Ryan Office Building
PO Box 202060
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2060
Tel: 717-783-5327
Fax: 717-260-6511
Staff: Erica Godsey, egodsey@pahousegop.com 
 
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The Honorable Jeff Pyle, jpyle@pahousegop.com
House Democrats and Governor Stall Budget, Miss Legal Deadline, Pyle Says
7/3/2007

For the fifth year in a row, the governor’s procrastination to perform his constitutional duties has resulted in the failure to deliver a budget on time to the people of Pennsylvania, said Rep. Jeff Pyle (R-Armstrong/Indiana).

“At least he’s consistent,” Pyle said of the governor. “His pattern of taxing, borrowing and spending remains constant. Now, his party controls the House and they’ve bought into it.”
 
House Democrats forced through the governor’s $27.3 billion spending plan on May 23, essentially on party lines. This plan would increase spending an additional$1.9 billion over last year’s proposal. 
 
The Senate amended this plan by bringing spending more in line with the rate of inflation of 2.57 percent. When the bill returned to the House for a concurrence vote, Democrat leaders blocked the bill from coming to floor, holding it up in the rules committee. After several procedural moves from the Republican Caucus to move this bill to the floor, Democrat leaders finally brought the Senate’s version of bill for a vote, and then it failed again along party lines.
           
“The governor and House Democrats have blocked every attempt by House and Senate Republicans to pass a responsible spending plan that keeps the Commonwealth’s spending at no more than the rate of inflation,” Pyle said. “They are holding the people of Pennsylvania hostage while they demand a state budget that will hit every taxpayer across the Commonwealth in the wallet. They’re avoiding calling their plan tax increases, but when you surcharge everything under the sun, it’s increasing taxes and I am strongly opposed.”
           
Since the governor gave his budget address in February, he has been consistently changing his mind on his priorities for Pennsylvania. He is demanding the Legislature pass his tax, borrow and spend proposals before he will sign the state budget. 
           
“I, for one, am tired of the games this governor uses to force the Legislature to buckle under pressure and vote for his proposals,” Pyle said. “His plan increases spending by more than 7 percent over last year and does so mainly through borrowing. That’s just unacceptable and irresponsible to me. We cannot borrow against our children’s future and think it’s a good idea.”
 
Pyle noted that the wave of reform swept through Harrisburg following last year’s general election when more than 50 new members were elected to office.  Since then, citizens throughout Pennsylvania have been calling on the Legislature to be more responsive and accountable to the electorate on what takes place in Harrisburg, he added. 
 
“For the past six months, Pennsylvanians have been demanding reform to change business as usual,” Pyle said. “The way the House Democrats have handled budget negotiations and movement of bills through committee have been what we would call ‘being treated like mushrooms’ back home. I have witnessed no indication that reform has occurred.”
 
Pyle believes that reform originally had such great promise by creating greater openness and accountability, and now, at this stage, it’s dead.  
 
“How else can I see it when I am handed a 65-page legal document and given three minutes to read it and make an informed vote,” said Pyle. That happened twice last week in the Environmental Resources and Energy committee and the Transportation committee where Democrats gut and replaced language in several bills at the last minute.  “I guess it’s only reform when it suits the incoming freshmen and governor’s purposes,” he added.
           
Pyle pointed out that the governor wants to increase or create a total of seven new taxes, and borrow more money forcing our future generations to be strapped with mountainous debt.
 
“When the bond issues come due for payment a year after the governor leaves office, you and I, and our kids will have a nice little $10 billion note to pay off,” said Pyle.
 
As the Legislature and the governor continue to negotiate the 2007-08 budget, he believes that House and Senate Republicans need to dig in their heels to ensure the citizens of Pennsylvania are not negatively impacted.
           
“The governor and House Democrats are committed to increasing spending and raising taxes on the backs of taxpayers, and I will continue to push for a no tax increase budget that keeps spending at the rate of inflation and is responsible to the people of Pennsylvania.”
 
Rep. Jeff Pyle
60th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
(800) 287-0614
Contact: Tim Eller
House Republican Public Relations
teller@pahousegop.com
(717) 260-6242
Member site: 
JeffPyle.net
Caucus site: PAHouseGOP.com