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STATE REP. JOSEPH R. PITTS: TAX RELIEF LONG OVERDUE

 STATE REP. JOSEPH R. PITTS: TAX RELIEF LONG OVERDUE
 HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The following was issued


today by state Rep. Joseph R. Pitts, Republican chairman of the House Appropriations Committee:
 Taxpayers from all walks of life and from every corner of the Commonwealth are demanding tax relief in the wake of the largest tax increase in Pennsylvania history. The $3.5 billion tax hike signed into law by Governor Casey is costing every man, woman and child almost $300 annually.
 As bad as the Casey tax hike is, the Governor's bureaucracy took the liberty to expand the interpretation of the law and is misapplying it to bring in millions of additional dollars. Nearly every week a new interpretation surfaces. The latest revelation could cost nearly half- a-million senior citizens millions of additional tax dollars of their personal income. By counting social security, pensions and other income in the qualifying base for a poverty exemption, the Casey Administration will force hundreds of thousands of the state's elderly residents to pay the personal income tax on their investment income, rental income, and income earned from a job. Under prior law social security, pensions and other assistance income were not counted in the poverty limit.
 The Casey Administration and House Democrats, under fire from taxpayers and senior citizens, are offering a one-half-of-one percent reduction in the three-and-a-half billion dollar tax increase they engineered through the General Assembly this past summer. After creating the summer of our discontent, these same Democrats are playing the "Grinch who stole Christmas" by suggesting a roll back of the tax hike of only $1.50 for every person in the Commonwealth. That meager amount won't fill very many stockings.
 At the same time, Governor Casey and his cohorts in the House stubbornly refuse to consider House Republican initiatives to cut state spending and slash taxes by as much as one billion dollars in order to jump-start the sluggish Pennsylvania economy.
 Republican members of the House Appropriations Committee are holding statewide public hearings to gauge the impact of the tax hike on the pocketbooks of Pennsylvanians and to sensitize our Democrat colleagues to the immediate need for meaningful tax relief for working families.
 Taxpayers, particularly the hard-pressed and much-abused middle class, have sent a clear message to politicians that they want tax relief and they want it now. They have called for an end to the tax- and-spend policies that have plunged the state into the economic doldrums.
 A golden opportunity awaits the Legislature when it reconvenes to seize the moment and roll back the most harmful tax increase in Pennsylvania history and to rein-in Governor Casey's out-of-control Department of Revenue. I urge the Governor and House Democrats to work with House Republicans to enact a responsible series of tax cuts and clarifications as well as to slash non-essential spending from the state budget.
 Only by taking strong, positive steps to limit spending and to roll back taxes can Pennsylvania's economy get back on the right track.
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 /CONTACT: Rep. Joseph R. Pitts, 717-787-1711/ CO: Pennsylvania House of Representatives ST: Pennsylvania IN: SU:


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