Mar. 31, 2021

Says societal and financial approach is unwise
ALLEGHENY – Rep. Rob Mercuri (R-Allegheny) issued the following statement regarding President Joe Biden’s tax and spend plan on infrastructure and social welfare programs, which he unveiled in Pittsburgh today:

“While infrastructure investment is a bipartisan issue, President Biden’s proposal will not only cost Americans more than $3 trillion in new taxes, it also misappropriates resources to social welfare programs at the expense of hard-working families. At a time when government overreach is at an all-time high in Pennsylvania, the Biden Plan doubles down. His plan is a stark societal change, a Green New Deal made possible by the pandemic. Simply put, it is disappointing political opportunism.

“These government takeover policies will harm a generation of Americans by robbing them of the ability to be stakeholders in the fabric of society, lowering the trajectory of the American promise by reversing John F. Kennedy’s vision of ‘Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.’

“Our nation will lose its competitive edge when the American ideals of personal responsibility and community accountability are eroded further. Instead, we should work against these temporal interests by encouraging people to aspire to higher levels of self-sufficiency and financial stewardship; offering protections to small businesses, as well as tax and regulatory reforms so companies can thrive and create additional family-sustaining jobs in Pennsylvania.

“That’s why I supported the Commonwealth’s COVID Comeback, a legislative package unveiled last week to jumpstart the state’s economic recovery. It prioritizes workforce development and prepares for jobs of the future so people can take pride in creating their own success, rather than being dependent on the government for their needs. If there’s one thing the people of Pennsylvania have learned during the pandemic, it’s that when it comes to government intrusion in their lives, less is more.”

Rep. Rob Mercuri
28th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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