– Just over one week before the governor’s annual budget address, Rep. Tim Krieger (R-Delmont) officially introduced his Taxpayer Protection Act (House Bill 472
), that would constitutionally control the future growth of state government spending.
“For decades, this Commonwealth has endured and continues to endure a bipartisan failure to limit the growth of both taxes and spending,” said Krieger. “Based upon recent history, it is naive to believe that government can ever be forced to live within its means without a constitutional mechanism, such as the Taxpayer Protection Act, in place to limit state government’s ability to tax and spend our money.”
Krieger’s Taxpayer Protection Act would amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to establish spending limits that the Commonwealth must abide by each fiscal year. This proposed constitutional amendment would limit the rate at which the Commonwealth’s total spending could increase by the adjusted sum of the following:
||The change in the Consumer Price Index for all urban consumers during the previous fiscal year.
||The change in the rate of population growth during the previous fiscal year.
“This is just basic, fiscally responsible legislation to limit state government’s ability to tax and spend the hard-earned dollars of Pennsylvania taxpayers,” said Krieger. “The time to act on the Taxpayer Protection Act is now.”
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Representative Tim Krieger
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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