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

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Fairview Township Building
7471 McCray Rd., Fairview, PA
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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

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Roae Not Surprised by Court Decision Adding $800 Million to State Deficit
4/16/2010

A Commonwealth Court panel on Thursday validated a concern of Rep. Brad Roae (R-Crawford) from last year’s state budget negotiations when it delivered a decision that could increase the state’s current deficit by approximately $800 million. 

When the state budget was approved in October, it called for the transfer of approximately $800 million from two special accounts.  The money was to be used to balance the state’s budget.  Thursday’s court order requires the state to return the funds for their original purpose, which is to help physicians pay their malpractice insurance premiums. 

Roae voted against the budget, in part, due to this fiscal maneuver and issued the following statement following the court’s decision: 

“I voted against this attempt to transfer the money in to the General Fund.  Several other funds were also raided last year as part of the budget process.  When a fund is set up for a specific purpose, the fund should be used for that purpose. 

“The same thing could happen with the governor’s plan to lower the sales tax from 6 percent to 4 percent while taxing more goods and services.  That plan would raise several hundred million dollars, but the governor says he wants to put the money in a special fund to save for the following budget year.  If there is a pile of money, the government is going to try to spend it. 

“The federal government has been ‘stealing’ Social Security money for years and putting it in the federal budget.  Rather than building up a surplus in the Social Security trust fund, the U.S. Congress uses our retirement money to fund the federal budget. 

“The Pennsylvania budget has grown by approximately 40 percent in the past eight years, even though the inflation rate for the same time period was approximately 24 percent.  Controlled spending – rather than stealing from other funds – is how the budget should be balanced.” 

Rep. Brad Roae
6th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
(814) 827-6054
(717) 787-2353
Contact: Dan Massing
dmassing@pahousegop.com
(717) 772-9845
Member Site: 
RepRoae.com
Caucus Site:  PAHouseGOP.com

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