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Meadville District Office
900-920 Water Street
Downtown Mall
Meadville, PA  16335
Phone (814) 336-1136
Hours 8 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. (M-F)

Fairview Office (Mondays Only)
Fairview Township Building
7471 McCray Rd., Fairview, PA
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Cranesville Borough Office
10195 John Williams Ave.
Cranesville, PA 16410
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Hon. Brad Roae
162B East Wing
Harrisburg PA 17120-2006
Phone: (717) 787-2353
Fax: 717-782-2902

E-mail:
  broae@pahousegop.com

Roae Votes for Balanced State Budget
6/28/2012
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Brad Roae (R-Crawford) today voted for the state budget bill approved by the House of Representatives, calling it a responsible and affordable spending plan that will not raise taxes.

“This budget protects taxpayers,” Roae said. “That has been my top priority throughout this budget process.”

The approximately $27.7 billion spending plan represents an increase of less than 1.5 percent over the current state budget and returns spending levels to where they were in the 2008-09 budget.

“The days of raising taxes and spending by more than $1 billion each year associated with the previous administration are done and gone,” Roae said. “I voted against those tax and spending increases because taxpayers simply could not afford them. I was able to vote for this budget because it spends within taxpayers’ means.”

In February, the governor proposed an austere budget based on revenue estimates at that time. Since then, state revenues have come in higher than anticipated, which allowed the General Assembly to restore some of the funding that was cut in the original proposal.

“There is no such thing as a perfect state budget,” Roae said. “Budgets require cooperation and compromise. We were able to fight to restore millions of dollars in funding for programs that help people with intellectual disabilities who need care and live in group homes. Hospital funding, support for county human services and education programs were all increased above the original proposal. There is never enough money to support all of the requests for funding. We were able to pass a budget that uses our Commonwealth’s limited resources in the most fiscally responsible manner possible.”

Unlike the federal government, which can run up huge debts by adopting unbalanced budgets, the Pennsylvania Constitution requires the General Assembly and governor to adopt a balanced state budget where expenses do not exceed revenues.

“Taxpayer dollars are a limited resource,” Roae said. “There are only so many tax dollars available and we have a responsibility to spend them as efficiently as possible. This budget helps us to meet that goal.”

The budget bill now heads to the state Senate for concurrence.

State Representative Brad Roae
6th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact: Dan Massing
dmassing@pahousegop.com
717.772.9845
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