Debate continues on the course the state will take on generating money for the repair of roads and bridges throughout the state. State Rep. Paul Clymer is concerned about the vast number of state roads that need care.
“I do support a modest increase for the cost of gas at the pump and modest increases for registration and licenses. I think the motorists understand that we have an infrastructure that needs serious repairs and needs to be rebuilt.”
Clymer doesn’t agree with the Rafferty bill, feeling that the measure is too steep. But he believes the two sides can come to an agreement to modestly increase fees for transportation issues.
Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick says he’s working with a group of lawmakers from both parties to introduce a series of bills.
“I’m part of the “No Labels’ organization and we’re going to roll out nine bi-partisan bills. Sponsored by an organization that is comprised of 70 Democrats and Republicans with a Motto of start fixing, stop fighting.”
Fitzpatrick says he’ll be in the lead sponsor of a bill designed to cut in half the amount of money the Federal Government spends on meetings and out of town conferences.
The issue of immigration reform continues to be a source of heated debate in D.C. Pennsylvania U-S Senator, Bob Casey admits the system, in its current form is broken, laying the path for a bad economic outcome. Casey says, if immigration reform is passed, it could possibly benefit the nation’s financial health.
“One estimate by at least two conservative think tanks is that immigration reform could lead to massive deficit reduction of more than two trillion dollars over ten years.”
Casey does questions the accuracy of those conservative think tanks. He also believes any pathway to citizenship must be earned. Casey was a recent guest on the AM-Edition
Starting on September 1st the family members of crime victims in Pennsylvania will be permitted to attend the parole hearing of the offender. The bill, signed by Governor Tom Corbett Tuesday afternoon, was authored by State Rep. Mike Vereb in response to the murder of Ellen Gregory Robb by her husband, Rafael…who received ten years
“This guy served his minimum sentence and got paroled. The Governor intervened and we were able to keep him in prison. Now we fought to get this legislation with expedient time. The bill was introduced in March and passed in the middle of June. It’s a big time up here.”
Ellen’s brother, Gary Gregory says, the law will be a lasting memory to his sister and a triumph for other families.
“Families like ours, victims like others who have experienced horrific crime can meet with the parole board and now have an even footing with the criminals who commit these heinous acts.”
Vereb and Gregory were guests on the AM-Edition Tuesday Morning