Monday, February 04, 2008

PA DeWeese: In His Own Words: Tax 'n Giveaway

Tax and Give away. The words of Pennsylvania state Democratic leader, H. William DeWeese, may echo all the way to the ballot box. DeWeese doesn't want to embrace a measure proposed by state Republicans, to reduce the state's personal income tax from 3.07 percent to 2.8 percent. Why not. Gotta help those volunteer fire companies, libraries, and senior citizen centers.

Next thing you know there will be a baby car seat center for distribution of new car seats to new mommies so nobody will notice the crumbling state highways and deteriorating local township roads.

And every time our tax dollars - obtained by threat of fines, or tax sale of our residences and businesses for failure to pay non-uniform taxes - are used for these picture-perfect moments that bring tears to our eyes, who's in the photo-op? You? Me?

DeWeese. $1,000 here. $350 there. Whose money is it?

Looks like DeWeese's and the other state lawmakers the way they dole it out - right. Well no. It looks like somebody else's the way they divvy it about. Just around election time, too, we usually see the handshaking every other day at the fire companies, libraries, and senior citizen centers, and baby car seat pick-up centers. Coincidence.

DeWeese doesn't understand the reason to lower the personal income tax for everybody in the state who pays it is to encourage spending because people have more money in their own pockets to spend. That spending stimulates the economy. That economy grows.

What an oxymoron of a headline. Lawmakers expect modest budget. Modest budget in Pennsylvania? When there's a so-called surplus? That means there's more money these people are taking in than even they can find reason to spend right away. So they're reserving the right to spend it instead of giving it back to the people they took it from.

(Net the Truth Online)

Lawmakers expect modest budget
Updated 02/03/2008 09:00:35 PM EST
By Kori Walter For the Herald-Standard

HARRISBURG - With a national economic slowdown and major pieces of Gov. Ed Rendell's 2007 agenda still unfinished, state lawmakers expect the governor to deliver a fairly modest 2008-2009 budget proposal on Tuesday.

No major new programs, spending or taxes.

House Majority Leader Bill DeWeese, D-Waynesburg, raised doubts about whether Rendell will heed some Republican lawmakers' calls for reducing the state's 3.07 percent personal income tax to 2.8 percent.

"One must realize, of course, if we are going to have a state helping our volunteer fire companies and libraries and senior citizen centers, then we will have to weigh whether it's prudent to look for a small tax decrease or to target a limited state surplus toward a variety of worthy causes," he said.


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