Protecting Taxpayers

Government needs to learn to live within its means, just like individual taxpayers must do during tough economic times.

Our state budget process must include accountability measures and results from the entities that continue to ask for more tax dollars. The budget process must prioritize the essential expenditures of government, thereby separating the needs of government from the wants of special interests.

According to Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), Pennsylvania taxpayers had to work 227 days in 2011 to pay off their federal, state and local taxes.

I have signed the ATR Taxpayer Protection Pledge and I will continue to vote against any and every tax increase considered by the General Assembly.
I have reintroduced the Real Property Tax Elimination Act, House Bill 2019. This legislation would restore the Constitutional right of property owners to truly own their land. For more information on the legislation, click here to view the Restoring Your Right to Own Property brochure.

"First of all, is Daryl not the real deal? As a conservative, I'll go for cloning if we can start with him!"
- R.J. Harris, Host, WHP580 AM, speaking at the 2010 Pennsylvania State Capitol Taxpayers' Protest


Metcalfe Minute: The Cost of Government Day
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Budget Protects Taxpayers
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Budget Proposes Small Spending Cuts 
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Latest News

Budget Debate Highlights Pennsylvania’s Need for Fundamental Tax and Pension Reform
Despite very different opinions on how to fix the budget, Pennsylvania legislators and the governor have agreed on something: there is a $1.2 billion budget shortfall. In the words of Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Pat Browne, “That’s progress. We know where we’re starting from.” However, the two sides are still very far from reaching a final budget agreement. Governor Wolf recently vetoed the Republican controlled legislature’s budget and negotiations between Republican legislators and the administration have stalled.

House poised to vote on property tax reform on Wednesday
In what some described as the most significant property tax vote in decades if not longer, the state House on Tuesday approved a proposal that would shift $4.2 billion of the school funding burden that property owners now bear on to wage earners and consumers.

Metcalfe Confirms 39 States Spend Fewer Days Working for Government than Pennsylvania Taxpayers 
HARRISBURG — Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) Pennsylvania Caucus Chairman, State Representative Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler), announced today the following, unfavorable results of the 2011 Cost of Government Day Report. 

First Step Toward Fiscal Responsibility
This year we finally have a state budget that reduces state spending and is on time! Over the past eight years, the Rendell administration’s late budget tactics were used to drive state government spending higher and higher. 

Fiscally Conservative Lawmakers Hold The Line: $27.3 Billion Total Spending for 2011-12 State Budget and No More
Pennsylvania House State Government Committee Chairman, State Representative Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler), and 22 other fiscally conservative lawmakers issued and signed the following letter addressed to Pennsylvania taxpayers today in regard to the 2011-12 state budget:

Metcalfe Calls Corbett’s No New Tax Budget Proposal Workable Framework to Get Government Out Of Taxpayers’ Pockets
Pennsylvania House State Government Committee Chairman, State Representative Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) issued the following statement today regarding Governor Tom Corbett’s 2011-2012 state budget proposal: