Rapp Supports Gas Tax-Free State Budget

HARRISBURG — Rep. Kathy Rapp (R-Warren/Forest/McKean) issued the following statement today regarding final passage of the 2013-14 state budget.  For the third consecutive year, Rapp voted yes on a fiscally responsible, spending plan that contains no new tax increases.  

“While I am definitely pleased that this year’s budget again invests a record of $10 billion in total state funding for K-12 education, I am even more excited that overall state budget package does not impose an annual $2 billion gas tax-driven transportation plan or any other tax or fee increases on the rural Pennsylvania citizens I represent.

“We in this Legislature cannot take even more money away from state taxpayers when Pennsylvania is already spending $6.2 billion on transportation.  My constituents view the transportation plan proposed in Senate Bill 1 as more money they are going to have pay for their vehicles, such as maintenance and tires, that will be wasted on bike hiking trails or to subsidize mass transit for Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

“My people cannot afford a more than $2 billion gas tax.  If our bridges are in such dire need of repairs to prevent them from collapsing into the river, then we need to replace those bridges before spending even one more dime for mass transit or a bike hiking trail.  If we need that money for transportation, then it needs to go for roads and bridges.   If Pennsylvania is already spending $6.2 billion for transportation, then we need to spend every single dime of that money more wisely.”

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Representative Kathy Rapp
65th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Ty McCauslin
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