RIDGE UNFAIRLY DENIES GORE'S ROLE IN PENNSYLVANIA PROSPERITY
June 15, 2000 --
In light of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge's
attempt Wednesday to deny Vice President Al Gore credit for improvements
in the Pennsylvania economy, state Senator Vincent Fumo (D-Philadelphia)
today pointed to several facts showing that the state is trailing the rest
of the nation in economic growth.
A"We are being pulled upward by the strong national economy," said Fumo, the chair of the Democratic Appropriations Committee, "but our state policy-makers in the Ridge Administration have done very little to help."
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refusal to give credit where credit is due is especially troubling because
he not only stood on the sidelines, he actually opposed some of the
policies that created our economic expansion," Fumo said.
While there are several reasons for the sustained economic boom, one
significant factor was the deficit reduction act of 1993. Vice President
Gore made the difficult and politically courageous decision to cast the
tie-breaking vote in the Senate to pass the act, which has helped balance
the national budget. Then-congressman Ridge voted against it in the House.
Copyright 2000 Sen. Vincent J. Fumo