Rep. Curt Schroder, R-155, on the Rendell drumbeat for higher taxes to help the governor dig out of the $3.2 billion deficit he created:
"The Rendell administration is spending a lot of time selling the idea that we have a revenue crisis in this state and more money is needed," Schroder said in a written statement. "We don't have a revenue crisis in Pennsylvania. We have a spending crisis and it's time we acknowledge it and begin dealing with it responsibly."
Schroder said the Senate's budget bill, which was killed by Democrats in House committee, was widely criticized for the depth of cuts it proposed. While acknowledging that the bill was far from perfect, he said it reflected the economic realities facing lawmakers and Pennsylvania citizens.
"Now is the time to scale back state government, to cut non-essential services and discretionary grant programs, and hold the line on spending," said Schroder. "The governor's budget proposes $700 million in new state spending at a time when people are losing their jobs, and losing their homes to foreclosure. Now he proposes to take even more out of their paychecks. This is not a responsible solution. It's time to cut spending now!"