Rapp Receives New Assignment to High Profile House Finance Committee

State Representative Kathy Rapp (R-Warren/Forest/McKean) has been appointed to serve on four House committees for the 2011-12 legislative session.  

Rapp’s newest committee assignment is to the high profile and heavily active House Finance Committee, which is responsible for all state tax legislation, including personal income taxes, school property taxes and, most recently, proposals to tax the drilling of Marcellus Shale natural gas. 

“Having rejected six consecutive unsustainable Rendell state budgets and unapologetically voting against legislation to impose the largest job-killing, natural gas severance tax in American history, I am greatly looking forward to playing a role in moving the work of this committee in a fiscally conservative direction that puts Pennsylvania taxpayers first and excessive government spending last,” said Rapp.   “Whether it’s broad-based or otherwise, a tax increase is a tax increase, and an economic recession is the worst time for state government to take away and redistribute even more income from taxpayers, consumers, property owners or job-creating employers.”     

In addition, Rapp will return for her fourth consecutive term as a member of the House Education, Environmental Resources and Energy, and Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness committees.  

“As a fourth-term legislator, I have again sought to become a member of precisely those committees where I feel I can make the biggest impact for the people I serve in Forest, McKean and Warren counties,” said Rapp.  “For example, as a member of both the House Education and Environmental Resources and Energy committees, I will continue to advance my legislation to create the Fuels for Schools and Beyond grant program.   This will provide local school districts with the necessary resources to convert their traditional heating systems to utilize biomass heating technologies to dramatically lower their energy costs.   In the even larger picture, promoting greater reliance on biomass products, such as low-grade timber, also will further sustain and create jobs in our local forestry and agriculture industries which remain critical to generating continued economic growth throughout Northwestern Pennsylvania.” 

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State Representative Kathy Rapp
65th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact: Ty McCauslin

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