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Bigger Gov't Smaller Citizen

Money Well Spent?

Time for New Leadership

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Dear Lowman,

Government has the power to take our money and our freedom. Government's, as Machiavelli pointed out, have their own interests and their own dynamic and Government, frequently, does not act in the interest of the governed but in its own self interest.

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Bigger Government Smaller Citizen

See 10 solutions below toPenna Budget Revenue shortfall. Essentially it is expected that revenue for 2010-2011 will be $27.5 Billion so spending cannot exceed that. The Pension Contributions need to be addressed. The Democrats are proposing to Kick the Can Down the Road by continuing to underfund the underfunded PSERS and SERS pension.
Todd Good meeting you yesterday. I hope you find this useful in laying out a platform. The State government is going bankrupt and impoverishing The Forgotten Taxpayer who has to pay for these useless or counterproductive programs. The government is taking both our money and our freedom to determine our own futures and failures.
"Bigger Government Smaller Citizen" State Budget The Problem and the Solutions-Marcellus Shale - The Constitution
Not everyone has our privilege to vote for those who are to represent us to government; elections have consequences. This year, it may be government bankruptcy.
Attention Candidates for Pennsylvania State House and Senate: ( and County Commissioners)
The Problem Budget Revenue Shortfall and the Pension Bomb
Read More for The Solutions

Are Pennsylvania Taxes "Money Well Spent"?

Commonwealth Foundation and Nate Benefield are goldmines of good information. Here is a bit more on the Budget and Transparency. Checkbook online is vital so we can track actual expenditures, the check register of all expenditures.
Note that State spends $66 billion. If we don't know how our elected are spending our money, how can we hold them accountable.
"For starters, state government should provide greater spending transparency. The budget debate often centers on the $29 billion General Fund budget. However, state government has hundreds of funds and accounts and actually spends $66 billion annually, with taxpayers not privy to where any of the money is actually going. Lawmakers need to put all state spending online in a searchable "checkbook" database, as 30 other states have done (in fact, separate bills to do just that have passed both the PA Senate and House)."

Time for New Leadership in House and Senate

Pennsylvania Budget headed to Bankruptcy Whatcha Gonna Do when they come for you?
Governor Rendell's 2009-2010 budget is now 'underwater' by $1.2 billion dollars. Additionally, there is a systemic shortfall of about three billion dollars form 2008-2009 paid for from one time sources as well as $800 million which the courts have ruled was, unlawfully, taken form MCARE fund and has to be replaced. This brings shortfall to about $2 billion. Additionally the Unemployment Compensation Fund is bankrupt. Governor Rendell, oddly, proposes increasing spending.
The Democratic Governor with Democratic House and complicity of the Big Government, Fiscally Reckless Republican Senate Majority passed the 2009-2010 in Oct of 2009 when actual revenue numbers were in for September empirically demonstrating that Revenue Estimates in 2009-2010 were too high. Effectively, the General Assembly, knowingly, passed an unbalanced budget in violation of the Constitution.
It is time for new leadership in all four Caucuses. From 2002 to 2006, Perzel-Smith House Republicans were in the Majority and passed Rendell's escalating budgets. Over past seven budgets, state general obligation debt alone has increased 39% from $6.3B to $8.7B. AND During Gov. Ed Rendell's tenure (2003-2009), General Fund spending has increased by 42%, more than double the rate of inflation (19.5%). Total state spending has grown by an even higher rate, over 47%.
Since 1990, total state spending has increased by $43 billion-an inflation-adjusted increase of almost $2,100 per person, or $8,400 per family of four.
Comprehensive Budget Overview from Commonwealth Foundation here.

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