Contact My Office 
District Offices
Toll Free: 1-800-287-0614
 
Ford City
 Office
312 Ford St.
Ford City, PA 16226-1212
Tel: 724-763-3222
FAX: 724-763-9788
Staff: Abigail Major (Chief of Staff), Amajor@pahousegop.com
Marissa DeLorenzo, Mdelorenzo@pahousegop.com

Hours: Mon- Wed and Fri 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  Thurs. 12 pm - 7 pm.

Sarver Office
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 
 
Email:  
The Honorable Jeff Pyle, jpyle@pahousegop.com
House Democrats Budget Proposal is Bad News for Pennsylvania, Says Pyle
7/17/2009
Citing the majority party’s reluctance to do what is right for Pennsylvania citizens, Rep. Jeff Pyle (R-Armstrong/Indiana) today voted to reject the House Democrats unbalanced 2009-10 state budget proposal.  The spending plan totals $29.1 billion, which spends $300 million more than the governor’s proposal.  In addition, this plan provides zero funding for higher education, setting the stage for a major tax increase on the people of Pennsylvania and skyrocketing college tuition costs.

The Democrats’ budget totally eliminates funding for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, which oversees the 14 state-owned universities, including Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Clarion University of Pennsylvania; the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Association (PHEAA), which provides state grants to college students; the 14 community colleges throughout the Commonwealth, including Westmoreland County Community College and Butler County Community College; and the Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology in Lancaster County.

The House Democrats’ spending plan is a stark contrast to the House Republicans no-tax increase, balanced budget that would have set spending at $27.3 billion and included funding for higher education.

Pyle offered the following comments:

“State government must operate like millions of families do everyday throughout Pennsylvania: we must live within our means.  It’s quite simple; we cannot spend what we do not have.  If we only have $100, we cannot spend $101.  This is basic economics; for the governor and the Democrat leadership to complicate this issue only shows how disconnected they are from the people who fund the state Treasury – the taxpayers. Pennsylvania’s government must live as we demand our citizens do; the state must live within its means.

“It’s absolutely ridiculous for the majority party in the House to use state employees and college students and their families as bargaining chips in budget negotiations.  It’s wrong for them to use the state’s workers as hostages to force a tax increase down the throats of Pennsylvania taxpayers.

“The residents of the 60th Legislative District have flat out rejected any notion of paying more in taxes, and I will continue to ensure their voice is heard on this issue.  They are already taxed enough. People are suffering because of the effects of the recession and higher taxes will further restrict their ability to make ends meet for their families.

“As a former educator, I know the benefits that higher education has not only for the students but for the economy as a whole.  If the General Assembly does not provide funding assistance for higher education, thousands of students throughout Pennsylvania will be unable to obtain a college degree, which will further cause our economy to falter.  The House Republican plan would have kept higher education funding intact without increasing taxes.

“In the midst of the worst recession since the Great Depression, elected officials in Harrisburg have a duty to ensure that a fiscally responsible, taxpayer-friendly budget is adopted to help Pennsylvania recover from the downturn in the economy.

“State employees are now facing reduced pay or payless paydays due to the actions of the majority party.  Nearly 80,000 state employees are being held hostage by the governor and House Democrats for their failure to bring a resolution to this budget impasse.  This is not right, and I believe the governor should be paying state workers.  I maintain my position, if people are working, they should be paid in full and on time, period.”
 
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