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“Billion Dollar Bryan” Lentz’s Real Record on Spending

“Billion Dollar Bryan” Lentz’s Real Record on Spending

How can we trust Bryan Lentz to cut spending in Washington if he refused to cut spending in Harrisburg?

DREXEL HILL, PA – Bryan Lentz has said repeatedly over the course of the campaign that he supports cutting spending in order to reduce the deficit, but Lentz’s record in Harrisburg tells a much different story.  Will Bryan Lentz explain why he forced a burden on taxpayers by increasing spending by over $5 billion in his four years as a legislator in Harrisburg?
 
Lentz’s Real Record on Spending and Borrowing:
 
Lentz voted to increase spending nearly a billion dollars every year he has been in Harrisburg.
 
–          In 2010, Lentz voted to increase state spending by more than $1 billion. (HB 2279 of 2010)
–          In 2009, Lentz voted to increase government spending in Harrisburg by $2.5 billion. (HB 1416 of 2009)
–          In 2008, Lentz voted to increase state spending by more than $1 billion. (SB 1389 of 2008)
–          In 2007, Lentz voted to increase state spending by $843 million.  (HB 1286 of 2007)
 
Lentz voted to borrow more than $2 billion this year and increase the state debt up to $13.7 billion in a single year.   
  
–          Lentz voted to allow the state to borrow more than $1.5 billion on various pork projects in this year’s state capital budget.  (HB 2289 of 2010).
–          Lentz’s vote for HB 2289 brought the state’s outstanding debt total to a staggering $9.5 billion.
–          The state’s current debt service costs taxpayers nearly $1 billion a year in taxes.
–          Lentz also voted to increase the state’s borrowing authority for earmark projects by raising the state’s capital debt limit by $800 million to an unprecedented $4.250 billion (HB 2290 of 2010).
 
 “When Bryan Lentz had the chance to stand with taxpayers and oppose additional spending, he instead sided with his liberal colleagues in supporting billion dollar spending increases every year,” said Bryan Kendro, campaign manager for Pat Meehan.  “How can we trust Bryan Lentz to cut spending in Washington if he refused to cut spending in Harrisburg?”

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