Pennsylvania House Republicans tout alternative budget savings

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From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

A simple change in the way the state pays for goods and services could save as much as $219 million annually, House Republicans said today.

From gravel to computer purchases and professional services, the state spends almost $22 billion a year, paying for 71 percent of those transactions by check. Debit cards are used on less than 1 percent of transactions, said Rep. John Bear, a Lancaster Republican and former management consultant.

Because the state gets rebates on debit card use, making 20 percent of all transactions through debit cards would bring in about $62 million, Bear said. Using debit cards for 70 percent of purchases would save $219 million, he said.

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