The Pennsylvania Constitution requires that the state pass it’s budget on or before June 30th of each year. As he has in every single year since elected, Democrat Rendell is not letting a little thing like the law stand in the way of his budget wrangling.
The largest obstruction to Democrat Rendell’s budget is his intention to include a 16% tax hike in the budget. Republicans are standing firm against raising taxes and Rendell simply cannot spend the money he wants to without it.
The other major issue is cutting expenses. Democrat Rendell is fine with cutting items like the Scranton State School for the Deaf, but not willing to move on over a billion dollars in wasteful spending as identified by the Commonwealth Foundation. You can read our past coverage on that here.
At some point, the Democrats in the House and our Governor should realize that you simply cannot spend money you do not have. The Republicans are offering smart, commons sense proposals that force the state to live within its means-as every responsible American does. The Democrats in this case are pushing for increased spending despite a huge deficit, the prospect of increasing taxes during a very turbulent economy coupled with rising unemployment numbers.
Pennsylvania’s taxes are income neutral. This means that the person making $1,000,000 a year pays the same rate as the person making $100,000 or $50,000. While some may argue that those making more have the ability to pay more, this tax increase will undoubtedly hit the poor the hardest.
It is incredibly important that the Republicans continue to stand up for those with low to moderate income and refuse to pass a budget that does not cut wasteful spending and does not include any tax increases.
In these troubling economic times, does anyone besides the Democratic leadership and the Democratic Governor believe it is a good idea to raise taxes?