The ‘state of the union’ of Pennsylvania

By on April 9, 2014

Editor, Record Express,

I want to go back in time and think of what the Governor had to say to get elected. The ones that stick in my mind are, “I will not raise your taxes,” and sure enough he didn’t. What he did do was cut to revenue the state gave to each school district. Definitely not a tax increase from the state, he didn’t lie. Based on that cut in revenue, our school districts had to raise our property taxes to make up the state’s short fall.

The governor said he wanted to cut the number of representatives in our legislative body. We have 205 representatives and 50 senators to represent 13 million people. The federal government has 435 representatives and 100 senators, a little more than double to represent 315 million people. Isn’t that a little lopsided? I can’t remember seeing any bills presented by the governor or anyone else to reduce this number. Who is going to vote themselves out of a fantastic job?

Nothing has changed, but they did get pay raises because it is now automatic, because they passed a bill so they didn’t have to vote on a pay raise each year. I thought since the gas industry was taking natural gas from state land, our lands, we should get at least 25 percent of the profit. Guess what &tstr; we got nothing.

I didn’t have any problem raising our gas taxes for road and bridge repairs we so badly need and he didn’t; he put the tax on the industry and they are going to raise gas taxes to make up the difference. The rumors are a .25 cents over several years.

The governor talked about making Pennsylvania a right to work state, meaning you weren’t forced to join and pay a union to hold your job. I didn’t see any change in that law either.

He also talked about the prevailing wage law that consumes 20 percent more in labor cost to do any major work for the state or any local organization that has accepted state or federal money over $100 thousand dollars. Repealing the prevailing wage law would save over $300 million dollars just in PennDOT alone. How many jobs would that create?

He promised to resolve the state/teacher retirement debt that is now over $47 billion dollars. Nothing has changed and the debt is still climbing.

I read an article in the Lancaster newspaper that we now have a debt between the local and state government of $125 billion dollars and still borrowing. The article said this is a debt of $10,000 dollars per every resident in the state. This is a disaster waiting to happen for our kids in the future. You want to know what is going on in Pennsylvania, read the paper. It’s all there and then you decide who is telling the truth because both sides say one thing and do another after they have been elected to public office.

They don’t tell lies, they just outsmart the voters &tstr; but not this one.

Howard L. Snoke


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