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District Offices

Somerset Office
301 Georgian Place

Somerset, PA 15501
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Phone: (814) 443-4230
Fax: (814) 443-3866

Windber Office
1605 Graham Avenue
Windber, PA 15963
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Tuesday - Thursday - Friday
Closed on Wednesday 
Phone: (814) 467-4011

Hyndman Office
158 Washington St.
Hyndman, PA. 15545
Open on Wednesdays only from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
(814) 842-3362
TOLL-FREE: (866) 779-1477
Fax: (814) 842-3367
Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., or by appointment

Capitol Office
Room 111 Ryan Office Building
PO Box 202069
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2069
(717) 783-8756
Fax: (717) 782-2911

Budget Finally Begins to Address Spending Problems

Rep. Carl Walker Metzgar (R-Somerset/Bedford) today issued the following statement following final passage of House Bill 1485, the Pennsylvania General Fund budget bill:

“The time to begin reversing eight long years of irresponsible taxing, borrowing and spending has come, and many constituents in the 69th Legislative District have told me that this is what has to happen to start making Pennsylvania a better state in which to live. This budget begins to respond to that very point.

“This plan preserves our core functions of state government, and meets the pledge of reaching the goal of providing an on-time budget for the first time in eight years. Life presents everyone a series of hard and fast deadlines, and everyone, in all walks of life, must meet them. Like the people we represent, we need to meet the deadlines, and this time, we have.

“The budget, contained in House Bill 1485, reduces spending by more than $1 billion. It is a fact that when our residents are confronted with a major financial difficulty, they resolve it by reducing their spending. Our economic condition in Pennsylvania has forced many of our citizens to do that at home, and we are finally starting to do that here.

“One of the challenges we faced in this budget process was trying to restore some of the cuts in all education level stemming from the loss of federal stimulus dollars dedicated to education. We were able to do that in part by increasing the state funding, giving districts more state dollars than any other time in the state’s history.

“There was a continuing howl from some that there was a so-called surplus in state funds. In fact, the Commonwealth is $50 billion dollars in debt because of the Rendell administration mismanagement, coupled with this year’s $4 billion deficit, the fact that revenue collections exceeded projections does not constitute a surplus. It merely helps close the gap as the fiscal year begins.  

“I am happy that we have begun the journey to begin getting Pennsylvania up from the financial floor, and to get us acting like the potential economic leader we can be in our nation. I voted for this budget, and I believe it sets the right course for the future, but we have much more to do.” 

State Representative Carl Walker Metzgar
69th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact:  Raymond Smith

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