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Results from Tuesday’s telephone town hall
On Tuesday evening, I hosted a telephone town hall event with residents of Berks and Schuylkill counties. We had over 3,800 participants on the call for the hourlong event.
During the event, I was able to answer 15 specific questions about various state-related issues. Below is a breakdown of the questions I was asked, based on topic:
Throughout the call, I asked participants their opinion on several key issues before the Senate. Below are the results of those questions.
After being asked about where things stand in the Senate to eliminate school property taxes, I listed three alternatives to see what is preferred by local residents. The options included school property tax elimination (as 80+ grassroots taxpayer groups suggest and I’ve supported at their request via Senate Bill 76), a school property tax freeze for seniors and a plan that would allow each of the 500 public school districts to come up with new local taxes to reduce or eliminate school property taxes.
Here are the results:
Senator John Rafferty is pushing a proposal that would require a supermajority vote of school boards to raise school property taxes. School boards are comprised of nine members with five required to approve a school property tax hike. Sen. Rafferty is proposing that six members must vote in the affirmative to pass a property tax hike. I asked participants to weigh in on how many school board members they think should be required to approve a tax hike on local residents. Here are the results:
I also asked local residents where they stand on Senate Bill 300, sponsored by Senator John Eichelberger, which would prohibit tax dollars from going to clinics that perform abortions in Pennsylvania. Here are the results:
After fielding several questions on welfare fraud, I asked about a proposal I’m sponsoring in the Senate – Senate Bill 425 – that would require the Office of Inspector General to hire additional staff with a sole focus: find welfare waste, fraud, abuse and misuse. Each investigator saves taxpayers approximately $1.2 million each year, according to the Governor’s Budget Office. Here are the results:
Along the lines of cost-savings, I also asked if local residents support public pension reform.
Finally, as part of the governor’s budget proposal, he suggested that communities that rely solely on State Police for coverage should be required to pay a fee of $25 per resident each year to offset the cost to the state.
Currently, the Pennsylvania State Police are drawing more and more funding from the Motor License Fund, which is supposed to be used to fund road and bridge repairs. The diversion of this funding for State Police operations is placing an increasing strain on the Fund and preventing the completion of critical transportation projects.
Here are the results of the question whether or not residents would support a fee increase to pay for the State Police coverage in those communities:
I’m appreciative of those who took time out of their busy schedules to participate in my latest event.
If you want to guarantee your spot for my next telephone town hall event, please sign up on my website.
I look forward to doing this again soon.