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Kauffman Rallies in Support of Pragmatic State Budget
Pledges to fight proposal to increase Personal Income Tax
Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Cumberland/Franklin) and a number of other House Republican lawmakers joined forces this week to promote the ongoing Pennsylvania State Capitol Taxpayers’ Protest.
“Despite our warnings in past years, we have reached the point where spending has drastically outpaced the state’s revenue collections,” Kauffman said. “To close the $3.2 billion budget deficit and cover additional spending proposed by Governor Ed Rendell, Democrats are calling a more than 16 percent income tax hike the ‘easiest, least painful’ solution. More taxing and spending will not put us on a path to prosperity. We must enact a fiscally responsible budget that puts the taxpayer first.”
On June 9, 47 Republican state legislators gathered at the state Capitol to demonstrate their support for putting taxpayers first during the 2009-10 state budget process. Recently, Rendell and House Democrat leadership announced their intensions to seek a 16.28 percent increase to Pennsylvania’s Personal Income Tax in an effort to generate $1.5 billion in new revenue. The increase is expected to cost a Pennsylvania family earning $50,000 a year about $250 annually.
“Pennsylvanians are wrestling every day with their personal finances,” Kauffman added.   “Whether an individual has recently lost his or her job, the equity in his or her home, a lifetime worth of savings and investments, or is just living paycheck to paycheck, one thing is common: these individuals cannot afford to pay additional taxes. Lawmakers must re-evaluate spending priorities, and get down to the business of cutting wasteful spending.”
Kauffman is also encouraging interested individuals to visit his Web site,, where they can speak out against the tax increase proposal, sign a petition or obtain valuable, up-to-date state budget information.
Rep. Rob Kauffman
89th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
(717) 705-2004
(717) 264-3943
Contact: Tricia Lehman
House Republican Public Relations
(717) 772-9840