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Why I Voted Against the State Budget

I was one of the few House Republicans to vote against the 2019-20 budget. Behind every vote is a story, and I want to share mine.

This $34 billion budget is not really just a $34 billion budget. It includes more than a billion dollars in shadowy offline spending, known as supplemental spending, bringing the true figure to about $35 billion. This is a spending increase of more than 4%, nearly double what would be allowed under the Taxpayers Protection Act, which, if it were law, would have limited the spending increase to 2.12% this year.

Instead of demanding Gov. Tom Wolf to cover his overspending through using existing unlapsed funding, he was only forced to cough up $200 million.

Offline spending in the shadow budget stifles transparency and accountability. Worse, it hides increased spending. Would we approve this level of spending if our revenues were flat? The answer is simple. No.

Some believe it’s OK to spend more when revenues are up. Our spending perpetually outpaces the rate of inflation compromising our economic growth – Pennsylvania’s economy ranks 41st in the nation.

If we can’t control spending when we have record revenues, we’re never going to control spending. Less government is the key to ensuring Pennsylvanians continue to prosper. This is evident by the unexpected increase in tax revenue this fiscal year.

The Taxpayers Protection Act, which I have long supported, ties spending increases to the rate of inflation and the average percentage change in state population, or average change in personal income for the three preceding calendar years, whichever is lower. This prevents state government from demanding more money from taxpayers when taxpayers simply can’t afford it.

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Happy Independence Day!

More than 240 years ago next week in Philadelphia, the 13 American colonies signed the Declaration of Independence to break free from British rule. To read more about the origins of American independence and our forefathers, click here.

There are numerous events across the 92nd District to celebrate our independence.

If you are traveling, check out www.511pa.com, which is free and available 24 hours a day. The site, along with its Twitter handle @511pa, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 770 traffic cameras.

PennDOT will also close its driver license service centers on Wednesday, July 4. Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services, including all forms, publications and driver training manuals, online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website, www.dmv.pa.gov.

Have a safe and happy July Fourth!
Fish for Free on Independence Day

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is hosting the second of its two annual Fish for Free Days on Independence Day, Thursday, July 4.

This is a great opportunity to try your hand at fishing in any of Pennsylvania’s waterways, even if you don’t have a license.

Both residents and non-residents are eligible. Just make sure you follow all other fishing regulations.

For your convenience, there are even opportunities to borrow equipment from certain sites at state parks and other locations. You can find those locations by clicking here.
Beware of Property Tax/Rent Rebate Scams

The Department of Revenue is warning Pennsylvania seniors and people with disabilities of a scam involving the popular Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program.

The scam consists of unsolicited telephone calls from a person claiming to work for the Department of Revenue. The caller starts the call by saying the recipient's application for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program has been approved. The caller then asks if the recipient would like the rebate directly deposited into a bank account, which prompts a request from the caller for the recipient's banking information.

The Department of Revenue DOES NOT make unsolicited calls requesting banking information and warns consumers to always be extremely cautious when they receive unsolicited phone calls.

For more about this scam and how to protect yourself, click here.
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