Pyle Votes Against State Budget

On essentially a party line vote, the House today approved the state budget, which increases spending over last year’s budget by 7.3 percent or $1.9 billion, said Rep. Jeff Pyle (R-Armstrong/Indiana). Pyle who voted against the budget believes that the governor’s spending plan is out of control.

“This budget proposal would increase taxes on every Pennsylvanian,” Pyle said. “Since taking office four years ago, this governor has increased spending by an astonishing 34 percent. This is unacceptable and is not in the best interest of the taxpayers.”

Pyle noted that the governor’s plan would increase the amount of money spent on welfare programs and mass transit systems, especially in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
“I know the people of the 60th District are tired of paying for welfare entitlements and transportation programs for Philadelphia,” Pyle said. “Throughout western Pennsylvania, we have deteriorating roads and bridges that need to be repaired. Also, he hasn’t delivered meaningful property tax relief for all of our homeowners and I feel the governor is turning his back on us.”
Pyle noted Rendell’s plan would also increase borrowing at an alarming rate, pushing the burden on future generations to repay this debt.
“I don’t want my or anybody else’s kids saddled with massive amounts of debt to be repaid into the future,” Pyle said. “It’s a simple philosophy: if we do not have the money to pay for it now, than we don’t do it.”
The budget passed by a vote of 102 – 97, essentially along party lines. The budget bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.
“My hope is that the Senate will vote this plan down so we can start the negotiating process and bring state spending more in line with sensibility,” Pyle said. “If this budget goes to the governor as is, citizens throughout the Commonwealth will face massive tax increases every time they turn around.”
Rep. Jeff Pyle
60th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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