Northwest Delegation Frustrated by Governor's Lack of Leadership
7/6/2007
Members of the House of Representatives’ Northwest Republican Delegation said today they are frustrated by the governor’s inaction on budget negotiations as an impasse on the state’s spending plan enters Day Six.
 
Members in the Northwest Delegation include Rep. Michele Brooks (R-Mercer/Crawford/Lawrence), Rep. Martin Causer (R-McKean/Potter/Cameron), Rep. Brian Ellis (R-Butler), Rep. John Evans (R-Erie/Crawford), Rep. Scott Hutchinson (R-Venango/Butler), Rep. Kathy Rapp (R-Warren/Forest/McKean), Rep. Brad Roae (R-Crawford), Rep. Curt Sonney (R-Erie), and Rep. Dick Stevenson (R-Mercer/Butler).
 
Republicans in the House, as well as both Republicans and Democrats in the Senate, had taken steps to avoid this stalemate when they voted to support a Senate proposal contained in House Bill 1286. Not only would this plan have kept spending in check, but it would have been done on time, without a need for new or increased taxes. In fact, this year House Republicans voted twice on a responsible spending plan, but apparently, the governor has decided a tax increase in a year when the state has a multi-million dollar surplus is more important.
 
In addition, the delegation members said they were frustrated by the governor’s lack of leadership and his decision to put more than 25,000 state employees’ lives in jeopardy by calling for a partial shutdown of state government.
 
“A true leader does not create a crisis in order to get what he wants,” the members said. “The governor is holding his employees hostage to negotiate items on his personal agenda, such as universal health care, an energy tax and funding for mass transit. Unfortunately, state employees are being caught in the middle. He has the power to stop the furloughs, and he alone. He needs to come to the table and start negotiating.”
 
The governor has not been to one budget meeting but calls a press conference nearly every day to talk about his tax-and-spend agenda. Pennsylvania residents have told their elected members of the House loud and clear they cannot afford a tax increase, no matter how large or small it is.
 
Members have said most of the items the governor is demanding can be dealt with separately and do not rely on the state budget.
 
“We need to enact a responsible budget without tax increases, and do it now. However, we can’t pass one if the chief executive spends more time on television talking about how great his plans are, rather than looking out for the people he was elected to represent,” members of the delegation said.
 
Northwest Pennsylvania Republican Delegation
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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