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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

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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 Says Raising Taxes During a Recession Is Bad Policy
6/16/2009
He opposes an increase in the state’s income tax
 
Rep. Brad Roae (R-Crawford) said today he opposes Gov. Ed Rendell’s call for an increase in the state’s Personal Income Tax.
 
On Tuesday, the governor called for an increase in the Personal Income Tax rate to 3.57 percent for the next three years, after which it would drop back to 3.07 percent.
 
“I will be fighting against this unjust tax increase,” Roae said. “People cannot afford to pay higher taxes during a recession.”
 
The governor’s proposal would result in an additional $250 a year through the personal income tax for a family making $50,000 a year.   
 
“Most of the General Fund tax revenue is indexed for inflation because the Personal Income Tax, sales tax, and Corporate Net Income Tax are all percentage-based taxes,” Roae said. “Families not paying enough taxes are not the problem; the problem is a state budget that has been increasing at double the inflation rate during the past six years. 
 
“Historically, tax increase proposals end up costing more in the end than the original plan calls for,” Roae said. “If this proposal gets any traction, the increase from 3.07 percent to 3.57 percent will probably end up growing to a 4.07 percent rate by the time the legislation hits the governor’s desk.”   
 
Gov. Rendell wants to increase tobacco taxes and institute a new tax on natural gas extracted from areas of Marcellus shale to help pay for his 2009-10 spending plan.
 
The state Senate has approved a budget that would adequately fund state programs and not require any tax increase. That budget was rejected in the state House Appropriations Committee along a party-line vote.
 
There are two weeks remaining in the fiscal year.  
 
Rep. Brad Roae
6th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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