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STATE REP. PITTS POINTS OUT POLICY DIFFERENCES ON BUDGET

       STATE REP. PITTS POINTS OUT POLICY DIFFERENCES ON BUDGET
    HARRISBURG, Pa., May 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Rep. Joseph R. Pitts (R-Chester), Republican chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, today pointed out sharp policy differences between Republicans and Democrats about how to spend the $14.2 billion available for next year's budget.
    "Republicans want to invest in local schools, economic development and higher education while Democrats want to spend tax dollars for welfare, local pork barrel projects and the bureaucracy," Pitts said.
    "Essentially the Republican proposals advocate change, welfare reform and innovation as opposed to the Democrats' policy of maintaining the status quo."
    Amendments offered by Republicans to House Bill 2696 -- the spending blueprint for next fiscal year introduced by House Democrats last week -- were defeated in the House Appropriations Committee along party lines.
    "At issue was $338 million in proposed spending which Republicans believe should be re-allocated to educate children in our public schools, to create jobs through business expansion and to help our institutions of higher learning," Pitts said.
    "In keeping with House Republicans' long-standing policy of fiscal responsibility, each amendment restoring funds for vital programs included a commensurate cut in other programs," Pitts said.
    "This is the first time that the citizens of Pennsylvania can see clearly in an open forum the defining differences between House Republicans and House Democrats on how our tax dollars should be spent. It's a major step forward in opening the process to public scrutiny."
    Pitts noted that House Republicans plan to continue their efforts to offer spending alternatives when the budget bill is considered on the House floor next week.
    "In the new spirit of openness I welcome the opportunity for members to debate the merits of the Republican alternatives and the Democrat spending plan," Pitts said.
    "The public is well served when the differences in spending policy are aired at length so that taxpayers can decide for themselves what they believe is the best way to spend their tax dollars," he said. "I certainly hope that the House Democrat leadership will set aside ample time for a full and comprehensive debate on the differing budget priorities."
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    /CONTACT:  Michael B. Rosenstein of Rep. Pitts' Office, 717-787-1711/ CO:  Pennsylvania House of Representatives ST:  Pennsylvania IN: SU: KA -- PH040 -- 9805 05/13/92 15:04 EDT
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