Cutler Votes 'No' on Billion Dollar Tax Increase
10/2/2009
Rep. Bryan Cutler (R-Peach Bottom) voted against House Bill 1531, the tax bill, and released the following statement regarding his negative vote:
 
“This is bad policy, bad practice and a bad plan for our Commonwealth. The people should be outraged by the myriad of taxes House Bill 1531 will raise, and by the lack of time for public input. This is not reform, but a return to the back-room, middle-of-the-night practices of the past.
 
“Why are we raising taxes when there are billions of dollars in uncollected taxes that could be tapped? We are hurting Pennsylvania’s employers and schools, while allowing delinquent taxpayers to continue to break the law. 
 
“I wholly oppose the 33 percent reduction to the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC), which provides educational choice to parents. This tax credit allows businesses to help fund important educational initiatives that would not be possible without these dollars. If education is truly a priority, this tax credit should be left intact. 
 
“The fact is that the budget deal fell apart this week because it was not the right plan for our state. This tax code bill is the perfect example of how two wrongs do not make a right. I could not support the taxes in the previous budget deal, and I cannot support this renegade effort by the House Democrats to raise taxes, especially when a plan exists that would fund Pennsylvania’s priorities without raising taxes. The governor and legislative leaders need to consider House Bill 1943, the sensible alternative to raising taxes.”
 
Rep. Bryan Cutler
100th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
(717) 786-4551
(717) 783-6424
Contact: Nicole Wamsley
nwamsley@pahousegop.com or (717) 783-8063
Member Site: RepCutler.com