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
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.
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.
One day after passing the budget, there’s a clear divide in Harrisburg. Democratic State Rep Matt Bradford says Governor Corbett seemingly wants Bi-partisanship.
“But at the same time he’s trying to pursue this strident ideological agenda by rejecting Medicaid for 700-thousand Pennsylvanians.”
Bradford also criticized the Governor’s no-tax pledges.
Republican State Rep. Mike Vereb says the mission at hand was achieved.
“Our mission, constitutionally, is to get a budget balanced and done by June 30th and we’ve managed to do that three years so far that we’ve been in control of the House Chamber and the Governor’s office.”
Vereb and Bradford were guests Monday with Darryl Berger on Comment Please By Univest on WNPV.