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900-920 Water Street
Downtown Mall
Meadville, PA  16335
Phone (814) 336-1136
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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 Says Tax Increase Bill Violates Constitution
10/2/2009
Rep. Brad Roae (R-Crawford) said today he opposed the more than $1 billion tax increase passed by the state House today because it promotes increased state spending and violates the Pennsylvania Constitution.
 
“House Bill 1531 violates the Pennsylvania Constitution, since a clause in the constitution states that ‘no bill shall be amended to change its original purpose,’” Roae said. “The bill was written as a two-page bill that extended the law allowing the tax check-off on tax forms for the Military Family Relief Fund.”
 
 That fund helps families of deployed soldiers who are having financial difficulties.  
 
“Adding a 129-page amendment that raises several different taxes clearly changes the original purpose of the bill and violates the constitution,” Roae said.  
 
“This is the same type of thing as the 22-page page amendment on a one-page bill that became the 2 a.m. legislative pay raise bill of 2005, and the same type of thing as the 145-page amendment that became the slot machine gambling act that had started out as a one page bill in 2004.       
 
“Slipping controversial measures into bills at the last minute is the only reason to use this procedure.  If the public is against an idea, the only way to pass it is to gut the language out of a noncontroversial bill and replace it with the controversial legislation.
 
It’s bad enough Governor Ed Rendell and Democrats want to raise taxes, but they should follow the procedures required in the Pennsylvania Constitution,” Roae said. “The taxpayers deserve to see the language of a bill as it goes through the legislative process.” 

House Bill 1531 passed the House by a vote of 103 to 98 and was sent back to the state Senate.

Rep. Brad Roae
6th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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