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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
Hours 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Monday)
1-800-770-2377

Cranesville Office (Thursdays Only)
Cranesville Borough Office
10195 John Williams Ave.
Cranesville, PA 16410
Phone: 1-800-770-2377
Hours 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. (Thursday)

Capitol Office
Hon. Brad Roae
151 East Wing
Harrisburg PA 17120-2006
Phone: (717) 787-2353
Fax: 717-782-2902

E-mail:
  broae@pahousegop.com

Roae Issues Statement on Latest Budget Developments
8/4/2009
Rep. Brad Roae (R-Crawford) issued the following statement after an attempt to allow a House vote on a balanced and responsible budget bill prepared as an amendment to Senate Bill 850 (the so-called stopgap budget bill) was blocked and Senate Bill 850 was subsequently passed.
 
“I voted ‘yes’ on the bare-bones budget (the amendment to Senate Bill 850) that guarantees no tax increases.  There are many cuts in the budget, similar to the cuts households and businesses have to make during difficult economic times.  Spending is down about $1 billion or 3 percent from the 2008-09 budget, but the plan is still several billion dollars more than Governor Ed Rendell’s first budget seven years ago.
 
“Education is a priority in the budget I supported.  About one of every three dollars is for basic education.  Basic education funding in this budget is 42 percent higher than it was 10 years ago.   Local school districts are all getting the same basic education and special education funding as last year, in addition to an increase due to federal stimulus money.  About 7 percent of the budget is for higher education.  Even in tough times, Pennsylvania should continue its commitment to education.
 
“About one-third of the budget is for healthcare for low-income people including nursing home care, welfare programs, MH/MR programs and foster care. Taking care of people who need help is provided for in this budget.
 
“The budget I supported spends all of the expected tax revenue, this year’s federal stimulus money, and uses reserve accounts. 
 
“Contrary to what the governor and many others are saying, Senate Bill 850, which passed on Tuesday is a real budget bill. This is not a ‘stopgap’ budget bill. Several hundred line items and about $27 billion of spending are in it to fund government for the entire fiscal year. The governor has stated that he plans to veto most of the line items, force a tax increase, and then sign a future ‘supplemental budget’ to fund those items.   He is using this as a “stopgap” bill. Nobody likes the cuts in Senate Bill 850, but they are an economic reality of a $3.2 billion deficit.”
 
Senate Bill 850 passed by a vote of 194-4 and is now headed to the governor for his anticipated line-item vetoes.
 
Rep. Brad Roae
6th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

(814) 827-6054
(717) 787-2353
Contact: Len Bennett
lbennett@pahousegop.com
(717) 787-3407
Member Site: RepRoae.com
Caucus Site: PAHouseGOP.com