Sen. Toomey: Eric Snowden Should Be Prosecuted

Just about every lawmaker in the U-S is calling former N.S.A employee, Edward Snowden, a criminal and a traitor for leaving the country with some of the nation's secrets. U-S Senator Pat Toomey is lining up with many of his colleagues on the Snowden issue. “I think his choice of countries to flee to is very interesting and telling because China and on his way to Russia and we are told he’s on his way to Cuba and then eventually Ecuador. This is a clear path of somebody who isn’t interested in human rights and personal freedom and respect for privacy, obviously, when he would go to these countries.” Toomey says, it’s surprising that this situation happened at the N.S.A because of the high level of oversight at the agency. Toomey was a guest on the AM—Edition this morning with Darryl Berger.

Harrisburg Think Tank: P.A. Needs Private Sector Thinking

The head of the Commonwealth Foundation, a conservative think tank in Harrisburg, wants the state to pull the plug on a proposal to hike fees and lift the cap on the state’s wholesale gasoline tax. Matt Brouillette was a guest on Thursday’s Comment Please By Univest Program on WNPV.

“Things like getting rid of prevailing wage, artificially increases the cost to taxpayers to pave our roads. Competitive contracting and our mass transit services, bringing private sector efficiencies in to those public transit agencies. These are the things that we would like to see done, long before we start going to taxpayers and asking them for some more money.”

Montgomery County State Senator, Jon Rafferty is pushing a plan to increase revenue more than two-billion dollars to pay for road and bridge repairs across the state.

PA. Federal Lawmaker Not Warming To Immigration Reform Bill

Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey tells INFORADIO the Immigration Reform Bill now in the Senate might do more to encourage illegal immigration than address the problem.

“It creates in no adequate way for people who want to come here and work at the low end of the scale spectrum and come and do so legally. So, my concern is, they will find a way to continue to come here illegally. That’s the biggest flaw in the bill from my perspective.”

Toomey says, he’s a “no” when the bill comes to a vote

State Rep. Points To Pension Reform As Top Priority

The State Legislature and Governor Tom Corbett can take a deep breath now that a state budget has been signed. While the Governor and lawmakers were able to pass a budget on time for a third straight year, some of the Governor’s core agenda issues, including pension reform, liquor reform and transportation funding, fell short. State Rep Kate Harper says, pension reform is a top priority.

“If we do nothing, taxes will rise at the local level, your real estate taxes and at the state level, because the state and the school district is one half of the employer of the teacher or someone who works at the school. We’re really facing a spike in the necessary pension contribution.”

Harper was pleased that the budget did not include new taxes. The budget passed at just under 28-point-4 billion dollars. Harper was a guest on the am-edition Monday morning with Darryl Berger.

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