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STATEMENT RELEASED BY PENNSYLVANIA HOUSE REPUBLICAN LEADER MATTHEW J. RYAN

 STATEMENT RELEASED BY PENNSYLVANIA HOUSE
 REPUBLICAN LEADER MATTHEW J. RYAN
 HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The following statement was released today by Pennsylvania House Republican Leader Matthew J. Ryan:
 I am extremely outraged -- but not surprised -- by the typical charade used by the House Democrats today in precluding House Republicans from offering tax relief to the citizens of this state. We went to the floor with a fair plan to cut a quarter of a billion dollars in harmful taxes for Pennsylvania residents but the Democrats once again cut us off. In addition, our plan included pre-tested and fiscally sound means to generate the necessary revenue to support our greatly needed tax cuts. Our cuts included the total repeal of the sales tax on temporary help, cleaning, lawn care, pest control, credit reporting, computer and storage services and air conditioning and ventilator maintenance, to name a few. We were prepared to repeal these onerous taxes that we are finding are costing Pennsylvanians their jobs. The Democratic plan, however, was to cut less than 10 percent of that. In other words, the best Dwight Evans, who is the House Democrat Appropriations Chairman, can do is give back only $1.50 to each resident of this state or one half of one percent of the largest tax hike in state history. That's sad and unfortunate for our people who have been crying out for tax reductions. The Democratic plan passed with United unanimous and bipartisan support, despite the political ploys which were exercised against Republicans and, indeed, all Pennsylvanians today. Our members, unlike the Democratic members, put politics aside in order to at least attack a few of the injustices present in the Casey and House Democrat tax plan which has been in effect for a few months now.
 House Republicans wanted a full meal for the citizens of this state who have been starved out by a $3.5 billion tax hike pushed through by the House Democrats last August. The Democrats threw out only a few crumbs today. We supported their piece-meal plan but they would not support our full meal. Instead they insisted on using fiscal irresponsibility to further deny any tax justice to Pennsylvanians.
 I've listened for almost a year to the frustrated voices in our Republican Caucus, including my own. We were frustrated by the Democratic demands for the largest tax increase in state history. We were frustrated when the Democrats shut us out of the process of cutting their bloated spending plan. We're equally as frustrated today with the Democratic muscle used in the state's legislative process to end the practice of democracy in the Hall of this House. It's frustrating when you know that House Democrats went home for Thanksgiving when the heat was on and simply told their constituents who must re-elect them that they would indeed correct many of the inequities in the sales tax program created by the Governor's Revenue Department. It is even more interesting to note that they stood with our members over the past few weeks in calling for withdrawal of the sales tax from many small businesses. Yet, today, when we offered amendments to correct this unfairness, those same Democrats hid behind their leader's apparent orders to stay in line. That's crass and unfortunate for the voters they represent. And it's unfair for the people of Pennsylvania when a question of tax relief to their benefit is blocked by the House Democratic leaders.
 The bottom line is that the Democrats want it their way or no way at all, and their way is clearly, higher taxes for the people of the Commonwealth.
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 /CONTACT: Lucy Gnazzo of House Republican Leader Matthew J. Ryan's office, 717-783-8677/ CO: Pennsylvania House of Representatives ST: Pennsylvania IN: SU:


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