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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
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Phone: (814) 467-4011

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158 Washington St.
Hyndman, PA. 15545
Open on Wednesdays only from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
(814) 842-3362
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Fax: (814) 842-3367
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Room 111 Ryan Office Building
PO Box 202069
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2069
(717) 783-8756
Fax: (717) 782-2911

Metzgar Supports Legislation to Reduce Government Debt in Pennsylvania
3/27/2012
HARRISBURG – Rep. Carl Walker Metzgar (R-Somerset/Bedford) recently voted for House Bill 2175 which, if enacted, would reduce the Commonwealth debt and bring much-needed reform to the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP).

“This bill will help get our financial house in order by managing the Commonwealth debt more effectively, placing a strong limit on borrowing and paying off high balances,” said Metzgar. “This is a long-overdue reform measure that would reduce our debt load and bring better transparency to projects that are aided by the RACP program.”

The legislation, which passed the House on a vote of 184 to 9, would immediately lower the RACP debt limit from $4.05 billion to $3.5 billion. Additional reductions would take place annually, until the limit reaches a total of $1.5 billion.

Metzgar said the fact that Pennsylvania’s debt load is among the top 10 worst in the nation is one of the major reasons for the reform measure. He cited the U.S. Census Bureau’s most recent census of government report. The 2007 survey indicated Pennsylvania’s total debt load amounted to $111.8 billion, more than five times the amount of the annual General Fund budget. This ranks Pennsylvania worse than 45 other states in total debt load.

Among transparency reforms in the bill are provisions requiring posting of the approval process on the Office of the Budget website; applicants must hold at least one public meeting within a 10-mile radius of the project site in accordance with the Sunshine Act; the budget secretary must inform House and Senate leadership and the member in whose district the site is located; and make public the name of the applicant, location, amount of the RACP project grant and a description of the work to be done.

Metzgar said there is also a moratorium built into the legislation that would not allow an outgoing governor to approve a project between the date when a new governor is elected and the third Tuesday of January following that election.

“I am pleased to support this initiative which moves us into a better position to manage these projects and see to it that it does not return to a ‘pet project’ playground,” said Metzgar. “It is only one step in overall reform effort, but it is a big one.”

The legislation is awaiting Senate action.

State Representative Carl Walker Metzgar
69th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Raymond Smith
rsmith@pahousegop.com
717.705.1834
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