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Sarver, PA 16055
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216 Ryan Office Building
PO Box 202060
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2060
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The Honorable Jeff Pyle, jpyle@pahousegop.com
Pyle Rejects Measure that Would Extract $1 Billion in Taxes from Pennsylvanians
10/2/2009
In one of many steps to finalize the state budget, Rep. Jeff Pyle (R-Armstrong/Indiana) today voted “no” on legislation that would increase taxes by $1 billion to finance the spending in the 2009-10 budget.
 
The measured approved by the House today, on a nearly party-line vote, includes the following taxes: 
  • Imposing a new tax on natural gas wellheads and a severance tax on the gas extracted.
  • A 25-cent increase on a pack of cigarettes.
  • Increasing the Capital Stock and Franchise Tax by 53 percent by reverting it to the 2008 rate of 2.89 mills.
  • Redirects 25 cents of the cigarette tax from the Health Care Provider Retention Account to the general fund for government operations. 
Pyle offered the following statement:
 
“It is a proven fact that the worst time to increase taxes is during a recession. Alternatives to the tax and spend proposals have been put forth by the House Republicans that have been offered repeatedly only to be denied. House Bill 1943, which would have reduced spending and required no tax increases, is a more acceptable and logical solution.
 
“The people of the 60th District are suffering from layoffs and reduced incomes. I have heard from thousands of my constituents that state government must live within its means and stop going to the taxpayers every time someone wants to create a new program. As usual, the people of Pennsylvania were and are correct. State government must live within its means just as we ask our citizens to do.
 
“If the Commonwealth expects drilling in the Marcellus Shale formation to produce family-sustaining jobs and increase economic growth, adding a tax on this new industry before its gets established will prevent further exploration and discourage companies from choosing Pennsylvania. We could be the next Saudi Arabia but to tax the industry before it establishes itself will reduce us to an afterthought and this prosperity will pass us by. West Virginia is bending over backward to accommodate these companies and they will simply go there.
 
“Throughout this entire process, the governor has insisted that tax increases are the only solution to solving the Commonwealth’s financial problems. This tax and spend liberalism is baseless, misguided and irresponsible. Today’s vote for more taxes on the backs of Pennsylvanians will only further expand the welfare nanny state and take us one step closer to the ‘workers’ paradise’ envisioned by Marx and Lenin.”
 
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