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Senator Wagner’s Appropriation Acts Votes 2014 – Sen.Pileggi:Sen. Wagner:Two Peas in a Pod

Tue, 2014-09-30 08:53

Senator Wagner voted with Senator Pileggi and the Republican leadership on every one of the 15 Appropriations bills and on Appropriations Acts 2A to 15A with Pileggi and the Democrats. Appropriations Acts 2A to 15A passed unanimously in the Senate (and with overwhelming majorities in the House including all Republican House Leadership) so…suicide or smoke screen for some big government votes? We shall see how this plays out. Senator Pileggi is a chess player in a very complicated game.

 

            

Categories: Pennsylvania

More Debt from Sen. Scott Wagner!!! $2.7 Bbillion–Republican Senator Scott Wagner disappoints The Forgotten Taxpayer: he votes like Sen. Pileggi, like Republican Leadership and like Democrats

Wed, 2014-09-10 17:38

 

  Elected in May of this year as a very independent Republican defeating a well-financed Senate Republican Leadership, Senator Scott Wagner has, surprisingly, disappointed The Forgotten Taxpayer.

   Senator Scott Wagner (SD28 York) voted YEA for Act 128 of 2014  authorizing more debt on the Pennsylvania Taxpayers. He was one of 22 voting NAY including 8 Democrats. Everyone in Republican Leadership voted YEA for more debt.

  Senator Wagner voted YEA to redistributing 10s of millions taxpayer money to liberal academics at UPENN because President Gutmann is not paid enough: a politically favored few billionaire universities receive about ½ billion dollars each year. There are hundreds of other colleges, universities and community colleges that receive nothing. Why are these favored few so privileged, the Forgotten Taxpayer asks?

    Appropriations Act 15A of 2014 redistributes 10s of Millions of Pennsylvania taxpayer to UPENN, one of five politically favored crony corporations which already has tax-exempt and non-profit status. House Vote Appropriations Act 15A  26 June 2014.

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    Act 128 of 2014 is the Capital Budget Act and authorizes incurring debt   Fiscal Note House Committee on Appropriations: “Estimated annual debt service assuming the same interest rate and level annual debt service would be $6,878,000 for twenty years. If the full authorization of $1,295,000,000 were sold at an interest rate of 3.25%, total estimated debt service would be $1,781,373,000 or $89,069,000 each year for twenty years.”

The House votes 27 June 2014 on Act 128 of 2014

Thumbs down to the Senate Republicans: the Senate vote was unanimous.

Thumbs down to the disappointing Representatives DUNBAR EVANKOVICH, KRIEGER (odd, Rep. Krieger is usually votes for the taxpayer) GABLER, REGAN (York) SACCONE, SANKEY  THE ENTIRE PRO-LIFE LANCASTER DELEGATION voted YEA. 

 The Good Guys are Reps. BLOOM COX EMRICK GILLEN KNOWLES LAWRENCE MACKENZIE (Lehigh) MALONEY MCGINNIS METCALFE METZGAR SIMMONS (Lehigh)  AND TRUITT

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     Act 15A of 2014  and House Committee on Appropriations Fiscal Note

    Let them  eat cake: Paying taxes to support billionaire corporations and multi-millionaire academics is good for the common people.

     Cui Bono from taxpayers’ subsidies?  UPENN 1% President Amy Gutmann the Profitable Non-Profits pay well:  UPENN president gets 35% percent pay raise to $2.8M. Did Pennsylvania’s taxpayers get a 35% pay increase? Who gets increases like that? 

 Let them eat cake, the taxpayers should be honored to pay us.

House Vote Appropriations Act 15A 26 June 2014.

Thumbs down to the Senate Republicans: the Senate vote was unanimous.

Thumbs down to REPUBLICANS BLOOM DUNBAR EVANOVICH GILLEN SACCONE KRIEGER TRUITT continue to disappoint. 

  The Forgotten Taxpayer’s Friends: REPUBLICANS EMRICK KELLER, F. MCGINNIS METCALFE MOUL VOTED NAY as did DEMOCRATS HALUSKA MULLERY PETRARCA YOUNGBLOOD.

 

   

Categories: Pennsylvania

Rep. John McGinnis (and others) — The Forgotten Taxpayer’s Hero

Wed, 2014-09-10 15:52

In his first term, Rep. John McGinnis is emerging as The Forgotten Taxpayer’s Hero

  District 79 Republican, serving Blair County (Part) Member of the House 2013 to date

State Representative John McGinnis PhD (Finance) voted NAY to authorizing more debt on the Pennsylvania Taxpayers. He was one of 22 voting NAY including 8 Democrats. Everyone in Republican Leadership voted YEA for more debt.

Republican John McGinnis voted NAY to redistributing 10s of millions taxpayer money to liberal academics at UPENN because President Gutmann is not paid enough

 

   Appropriations Act 15A of 2014 redistributes 10s of Millions of Pennsylvania taxpayer to UPENN, one of five politically favored crony corporations which already has tax-exempt and non-profit status. House Vote Appropriations Act 15A  26 June 2014.

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    Act 128 of 2014 is the Capital Budget Act and authorizes incurring debt   Fiscal Note House Committee on Appropriations: “Estimated annual debt service assuming the same interest rate and level annual debt service would be $6,878,000 for twenty years. If the full authorization of $1,295,000,000 were sold at an interest rate of 3.25%, total estimated debt service would be $1,781,373,000 or $89,069,000 each year for twenty years.”

The House votes 27 June 2014 on Act 128 of 2014

  Thumbs down to the disappointing Representatives DUNBAR EVANKOVICH, KRIEGER (odd, Rep. Krieger is usually votes for the taxpayer) GABLER, REGAN (York) SACCONE, SANKEY  THE ENTIRE PRO-LIFE LANCASTER DELEGATION voted YEA. 

 The Good Guys are Reps. BLOOM COX EMRICK GILLEN KNOWLES LAWRENCE MACKENZIE (Lehigh) MALONEY MCGINNIS METCALFE METZGAR SIMMONS (Lehigh)  AND TRUITT

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     Act 15A of 2014  and House Committee on Appropriations Fiscal Note

    Let them  eat cake: Paying taxes to support billionaire corporations and multi-millionaire academics is good for the common people.

     Cui Bono from taxpayers’ subsidies?  UPENN 1% President Amy Gutmann the Profitable Non-Profits pay well:  UPENN president gets 35% percent pay raise to $2.8M. Did Pennsylvania’s taxpayers get a 35% pay increase? Who gets increases like that? 

 Let them eat cake, the taxpayers should be honored to pay us.

House Vote Appropriations Act 15A 26 June 2014.

  Thumbs down to REPUBLICANS BLOOM DUNBAR EVANOVICH GILLEN SACCONE KRIEGER TRUITT continue to disappoint. 

  The Forgotten Taxpayer’s Friends: REPUBLICANS EMRICK KELLER, F. MCGINNIS METCALFE MOUL VOTED NAY as did DEMOCRATS HALUSKA MULLERY PETRARCA YOUNGBLOOD.

 

 

Categories: Pennsylvania

Tim Krieger voted to authorize more debt for Pennsylvania’s Forgotten Taxpayers

Wed, 2014-09-10 10:46

       Tim Krieger   voted to authorize more $1,781,373,000 debt on the Pennsylvania Taxpayers. He was NOT  one of 22 voting NAY including 8 Democrats. Everyone in Republican Leadership voted YEA for more debt.

 Act 128 of 2014 is the Capital Budget Act and authorizes incurring debt  

Fiscal Note House Committee on Appropriations: “Estimated annual debt service assuming the same interest rate and level annual debt service would be $6,878,000 for twenty years. If the full authorization of $1,295,000,000 were sold at an interest rate of 3.25%, total estimated debt service would be $1,781,373,000 or $89,069,000 each year for twenty years.”

The House votes on  Act 128 of 2014

   Disappointingly, Reps DUNBAR EVANKOVICH, KRIEGER (odd, Rep. Krieger is usually votes for the taxpayer) GABLER , REGAN(York) SACCONE, SANKEY  THEN ENTIRE PRO-LIFE LANCASTER DELEGATION voted YEA. These are not the Forgotten Taxpayers’ friends. 

 The Good Guys are Reps. BLOOM COX EMRICK GILLEN KNOWLES LAWRENCE MACKENZIE (Lehigh)  MALONEY MCGINNIS METCALFE METZGAR SIMMONS(Lehigh)  AND TRUITT

 

Categories: Pennsylvania

Tim Krieger votes to redistribute The Forgotten Taxpayer’s dollars to multi-billion dollar private corporation with 1% President.

Wed, 2014-09-10 10:46

Republican Tim Krieger voted to redistribute 10s of millions taxpayer money to liberal academics at UPENN because President Gutmann is not paid enough.  House Vote Appropriations Act 15A 26 June 2014. Rep. Krieger (along with the majority of Republicans and Democrats)  has voted to redistribute millions of taxpayer dollars to multi-billion dollar private corporations already privileged with tax-exempt, non-profit status as he has done every year since he took office in 2011.

                                                                                 Tim Krieger District 57 Republican, serving Westmoreland County (Part)

Member of the House 2009 to date

 

   Cui Bono from taxpayers’ subsidies?  UPENN 1% President Amy Gutmann             The Profitable Non-Profits pay well:  UPENN president gets 35% percent pay raise to $2.8M. Did Pennsylvania’s taxpayers get a 35% pay increase? Who gets increases like that?  Let them eat cake, the taxpayers should be honored to pay us.

 

REPUBLICANS EMRICK KELLER, F. MCGINNIS METCALFE MOUL VOTED NAY as did DEMOCRATS HALUSKA MULLERY PETRARCA YOUNGBLOOD.

 REPUBLICANS BLOOM DUNBAR EVANOVICH GILLEN SACCONE KRIEGER TRUITT continue to disappoint. 

 

Categories: Pennsylvania

Stephen Bloom votes to redistribute 10s of millions of Pennsylvania taxpayer dollars to UPENN

Mon, 2014-09-08 18:10

                               Stephen Bloom votes to redistribute 10s of millions taxpayer money to liberal academics at UPENN because President Gutmann is not paid enough.  House Vote Appropriations Act 15A 26 June 2014. Rep. Bloom has voted to redistribute millions of taxpayer dollars to multi-billion dollar private corporations already privileged with tax-exempt, non-profit status as he has done every year since he took office in 2011.

   The Profitable Non-Profits pay well:  UPENN president gets 35% percent pay raise to $2.8M. Did Pennsylvania’s taxpayers get a 35% pay increase? Who gets increases like that?

Let them eat cake, the taxpayers should be honored to pay us.

 REPUBLICAN EMRICK KELLER, F. MCGINNIS METCALFE MOUL VOTED NAY as did DEMOCRATS HALUSKA MULLERY PETRARCA YOUNGBLOOD .

DUNBAR EVANOVICH GILLEN SACCONE KRIEGER TRUITT continue to disappoint. 

Categories: Pennsylvania

Rep. Stephen Bloom is the Forgotten Taxpayer’s Friend – He votes NAY to authorizing more debt for the Pennsylvania Taxpayer

Mon, 2014-09-08 10:28

   Stephen Bloom voted NAY to authorizing more debt on the Pennsylvania Taxpayers. He was one of 22 voting NAY including 8 Democrats. Everyone in Republican Leadership voted YEA for more debt.

Stephen Bloom District 199 Republican, serving Cumberland County (Part) Member of the House  2011 to date

 Act 128 of 2014 is the Capital Budget Act and authorizes incurring debt  

Fiscal Note House Committee on Appropriations:“Estimated annual debt service assuming the same interest rate and level annual debt service would be $6,878,000 for twenty years. If the full authorization of $1,295,000,000 were sold at an interest rate of 3.25%, total estimated debt service would be $1,781,373,000 or $89,069,000 each year for twenty years.”

The House votes on Act 128 of 2014

   Disappointingly, Reps DUNBAR EVANKOVICH, KRIEGER (odd, Rep. Krieger is usually votes for the taxpayer) GABLER , REGAN(York) SACCONE, SANKEY  THEN ENTIRE PRO-LIFE LANCASTER DELEGATION voted YEA. These are not the Forgotten Taxpayers’ friends. 

 The Good Guys are Reps. BLOOM COX EMRICK GILLEN KNOWLES LAWRENCE MACKENZIE (Lehigh)  MALONEY MCGINNIS METCALFE METZGAR SIMMONS(Lehigh)  AND TRUITT

 

 

 

 

Categories: Pennsylvania

Et Tu, Senators Wagner, Eichelberger and Folmer: $27 BBILLION New Debt Authorized in 3 Acts

Fri, 2014-07-25 14:22

 Et tu, Senators Wagner, Eichelberger and Folmer? Republican Senate UNANIMOUSLY voted YEA to authorizing $27,451,323,000 , (about $27 and ½ Bbillion dollars) in new borrowing. ? These three borrowing Acts are not good news for the taxpayer: they authorize $27,451,323,000 that is about $27 and ½ Bbillion dollars in new borrowing.  Debt is deferred Taxation. The Forgotten Taxpayer is disheartened and afraid.

Debt is deferred taxation. More debt means higher taxes in the future.

Tom Corbett signed into law three bills that increased Pennsylvania Debt by 27,451,323,000 , (about $27 and ½ Bbillion dollars)

Republican leadership in House and Senate, voting like Democrats, are complicit enablers in increasing authorization of the debt burden imposed on Pennsylvania taxpayers.

    $27,451,323,000 , (about $27 and ½ Bbillion dollars) in new borrowing

Act 127 of 2014 authorizes $6,515,565,000 Road and Bridge Debt

Act 129 of 2014 authorizes $19,154,285,000 Road and Bridge Debt

Act 128 of 2014 authorizes $1,781,373,000 Redevelopment Assistance Capital Budget.

House Republican Leadership, including Mike Turzai, and Senate Republican Leadership and EVERY SENATOR voted YEA to authorizing $27,451,323,000, (about $27 and ½ Bbillion dollars) in new borrowing. These three borrowing Acts are not good news for the taxpayer: they authorize $27,451,323,000 that is about $27 and ½ Bbillion dollars in new borrowing.  Debt is deferred Taxation. The Forgotten Taxpayer is disheartened and afraid. Republicans voted with Democrats to increase debt. How are we to believe the sound and fury of Mike Turzai when he, and Republican leadership, voted to authorize $27,451,323,000, (about $27 and ½ Bbillion dollars) in new borrowing?

 

  Who will take the lead?

“Debt payments from the General Fund Budget exceed $1 billion per year; nearly triple what it was 12 years ago.” Republicans voted with Democrats to increase debt. How are we to believe the sound and fury of Mike Turzai when he, and Republican leadership, voted to authorize $27,451,323,000, (about $27 and ½ Bbillion dollars) in new borrowing?  Commonwealth Foundation 23 July 2014 House Majority Leader Moves to Reduce Debt Burden  ??? This seems odd in light of Majority Leader Turzai’s led the Republican House to vote to authorize $27,451,323,000  new debt. Republican leadership is not leading in reducing Pennsylvania debt even though they are well aware of the problem. Why Not? Who are they afraid of?

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     Why is the General Assembly authorizing more debt as Pennsylvania’s municipal bond rating is lowered?

Moody’s Investors Services downgrades Pennsylvania’s bond rating

Downgrade Detrimental to Taxpayers JULY 22, 2014  Bob Dick and Nate Benefield

Increasing Debt on Millennials does not seem the way to influence voters to support you. Consider this. The Electorate is diverse and complicated but Millennials don’t want to be, and cannot be, dependent on parents forever. It is humiliating and debilitating not to have a productive job and not to be compensated for your efforts to contribute to society

How Republicans Can Win Millennial Voters   More Debt won’t persuade them.

 

       

        Liberty Index 2014 Three Debt Votes

 A YEA vote is a vote against economic LIBERTY and against The Forgotten Taxpayer.

Act 127 of 2014 HB 2244 “A Supplement to the act of December 8, 1982 known as the Highway-Railroad and Highway Bridge Capital Budget Act for 1982-1983, itemizing additional State and local bridge projects.“

Fiscal Note Act 127 of 2014 Senate Appropriations Committee: $6,515,565,000 Road and Bridge Debt Authorized

House vote Act 127 of 2014 2 July 200 YEA to authorize more debt 2 NAY and 1 LVE

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Act 129 of 2014 SB 1344 “ An Act providing for the highway capital budget project itemization for the fiscal year 2014-2015 to be financed from current revenue or by the incurring of debt “

 Fiscal Note Act 129 of 2014  House Committee on Appropriations: $19,154,285,000 Road and Bridge Debt Authorized

House vote Act 129 of 2014 2 July 202 YEA to authorize more debt 1 LVE

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Does this mean than money from the Gas and Fuel Tax, Act 89 of 2013 which, if I read the Fiscal Note from the House Committee on Appropriations taxes and spends $7,307,000,000 to $7,584,000,000 over five years. See page 9 chart of Fiscal NoteAct89 of 2013  of the House Committee on Appropriations

The money raised by Act 89 of 2013 gas and fuel tax can be used to borrow money and, in effect, leverage gas and fuel taxes to generate more spending and debt. Debt is deferred taxation so that, in effect, Act 89 of 2013 will cost even more than the Act 89 of 2013 would indicate. Do I understand this all correctly?

Further, given the $7.3 to $7.5 Bbillion raised by Act 89 of 2013 gas and fuel tax was to fix the crumbling roads and bridges falling down, why is Capital spending and capital borrowing needed?

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Separately:   Capital Budget RACP authorizing debt for Capital Projects

ONE BILLION, SEVEN HUNDRED EIGHTY ONE MILLION THREE HUNDRED AND SEVENTY THREE THOUSAND

If the full authorization of $1,295,000,000 was incurred and bonds were sold at an interest rate of 3,25% the total estimated debt service would be $1,781,373,000 or $89,069,000 each year for twenty years

Act 128 of 2014 HB 2355  Fiscal Note Act 128 of2014  Committee on Appropriations $1,781, 373,000,000 Debt Authorized

“Act providing for the capital budget for the fiscal year 2014-2015; itemizing redevelopment assistance capital projects to be constructed or acquired or assisted by the Department of Community and Economic Development, together with their estimated financial costs; authorizing the incurring of debt without the approval of the electors for the purpose of financing the projects to be constructed, acquired or assisted by the Department of Community and Economic Development; and making appropriations.”

House Vote Act 128 of 2014 2 July 2014  172 voted YEA to authorize more debt; 27 voted NAY to authorizing  and 2 were LVE

9 Democrats voted NAY 18 Republicans  voted NAY

For list of Capital Budget submissions and grants, see Governor’s Department of Budget Office Redeve Redevelopment Assistance Capital Budget

Categories: Pennsylvania

Infuriating Republicans Authorize $27 Bbillion Dollars More Pennsylvania Debt

Sun, 2014-07-20 07:00

 The debt burden affects everyone in Pennsylvania, directly and indirectly, although it is the Forgotten Taxpayer who works, saves and invests who pays. More government debt means less productive, job creating growth

 

Bbillions of Borrowing for Roads and Highways over and above the $7.3 to $7.5 Bbillion over 5 years from Act 89 of 2013?

Act 127 of 2014 and Act 129 of 2014 seems to leverage Act 89 of 2014 to use gas and fuel taxes and fees for more capital project borrowing.

Act 127 of 2014 authorizes $6,515,565,000 Road and Bridge Debt

Act 129 of 2014 authorizes $19,154,285,000 Road and Bridge Debt

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Act 127 of 2014 HB 2244 “A Supplement to the act of December 8, 1982 known as the Highway-Railroad and Highway Bridge Capital Budget Act for 1982-1983, itemizing additional State and local bridge projects.“

Fiscal Note Act 127 of 2014 Senate Appropriations Committee: $6,515,565,000 Road and Bridge Debt Authorized

House vote Act 127 of 2014 2 July 200 YEA to authorize more debt 2 NAY and 1 LVE

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Act 129 of 2014 SB 1344 “ An Act providing for the highway capital budget project itemization for the fiscal year 2014-2015 to be financed from current revenue or by the incurring of debt “

 Fiscal Note Act 129 of 2014  House Committee on Appropriations: $19,154,285,000 Road and Bridge Debt Authorized

House vote Act 129 of 2014 2 July 202 YEA to authorize more debt 1 LVE

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Does this mean than money from the Gas and Fuel Tax, Act 89 of 2013 which, if I read the Fiscal Note from the House Committee on Appropriations taxes and spends $7,307,000,000 to $7,584,000,000 over five years. See page 9 chart of Fiscal NoteAct89 of 2013  of the House Committee on Appropriations

The money raised by Act 89 of 2013 gas and fuel tax can be used to borrow money and, in effect, leverage gas and fuel taxes to generate more spending and debt. Debt is deferred taxation so that, in effect, Act 89 of 2013 will cost even more than the Act 89 of 2013 would indicate. Do I understand this all correctly?

Further, given the $7.3 to $7.5 Bbillion raised by Act 89 of 2013 gas and fuel tax was to fix the crumbling roads and bridges falling down, why is Capital spending and capital borrowing needed?

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Separately:   Capital Budget RACP authorizing debt for Capital Projects

ONE BILLION, SEVEN HUNDRED EIGHTY ONE MILLION THREE HUNDRED AND SEVENTY THREE THOUSAND

If the full authorization of $1,295,000,000 was incurred and bonds were sold at an interest rate of 3,25% the total estimated debt service would be $1,781,373,000 or $89,069,000 each year for twenty years

Act 128 of 2014 HB 2355  Fiscal Note Act 128 of2014  Committee on Appropriations $1,781, 373,000,000 Debt Authorized

“Act providing for the capital budget for the fiscal year 2014-2015; itemizing redevelopment assistance capital projects to be constructed or acquired or assisted by the Department of Community and Economic Development, together with their estimated financial costs; authorizing the incurring of debt without the approval of the electors for the purpose of financing the projects to be constructed, acquired or assisted by the Department of Community and Economic Development; and making appropriations.”

House Vote Act 128 of 2014  2 July 2014  172 voted YEA to authorize more debt; 27 voted NAY to authorizing  and 2 were LVE

9 Democrats voted NAY  18 Republicans  voted NAY

 For list of Capital Budget submissions and grants, see Governor’s Department of Budget Office Redeve Redevelopment Assistance Capital Budget

Tax revenues are a reliable indicator of real world commercial activity

Gambling revenues decline resulting in lower revenue for the state operated programs

Labor market participation falls in Pennsylvania

The state’s unemployment rate was unchanged last month as more people dropped out of the labor force.

The jobless rate was 5.6 percent in June, the same as in May, and employers added a meager 1,800 jobs, according to the Department of Labor & Industry’s monthly labor market report on Friday.

The number of Pennsylvanians who reported they were unemployed fell by a seasonally adjusted 6,000 to 357,000, the report showed. But the civilian labor force declined by 28,000 people to 6,403,000

Commonwealth Foundation 15 May 2014 Pennsylvania State Budget

Rising Debt and Tax Burden

  • From 2002 to 2013, Pennsylvania state debt—including debt held by state agencies—more than doubled, from $23.7 billion to $50.4 billion.
    • Today, Pennsylvanians owe $128.6 billion in combined state and local government debt, or a little more than $10,000 for every man, woman, and child.

Pennsylvania State & Local Government Debt

Debtor

Debt Outstanding

Per Person

Total State

$50,429,717,000

$3,948

   State

$11,188,917,000

$876

   State Agencies & Authorities

$39,240,800,000

$3,072

Total Local

$78,216,434,000

$6,123

   School Districts

$27,278,259,814

$2,315

   County/Municipal/Twp/Other

$50,938,174,186

$3,988

Total

$128,646,151,000

$10,071

Sources: Governor’s Executive Budget (http://www.budget.state.pa.us) December 2013 data; PA Dept of Education (http://www.pde.state.pa.us) June 2012 data; U.S. Census Bureau (http://www.census.gov/govs/www/estimate.html) 2013 data
  • Pennsylvania has the 10th highest state and local tax burden in the nation, up from 24th in 1991, according to the Tax Foundation.

 

Categories: Pennsylvania

2014 the 100th anniversary of home air conditioning.

Sun, 2014-07-20 06:45

Charles Gilbert Gates was the first American to have air conditioning installed in his private residence.

Air Conditioning was invented by Willis Havilland Carrier, a secular saint in my view.

 

  Charles Gilbert Gates

 The first US air conditioned residence

  Willis Haviland Carrier, engineer and innovator

 

Cui bono? Who benefits from the intiative and invention and imagination and innovation of these people? We do.

 

 

 

 

 

Categories: Pennsylvania

Kathleen Kane’s Incompetence v. Republican Fecklessness 2016

Sun, 2014-07-20 06:35

 It appears that Kathleen Kane is in over her head. Her credentials were thin to begin with but she wasn’t tied to Corbett the way that Dave Freed was. Kathleen Kane may well be unqualified to be AG.

 Let us see what happens to the Turnpike “pay to play” case  and to the Spanier, Schultz and Curly trial. If she loses either or both, it will be more evidence of her incompetence.

   

 The good news for Kathleen Kane is that the feckless Republicans do not have any candidate even remotely qualified to challenge Kathleen Kane. 

 In 2012 Kathleen Kane dominated Dave Freed who could not win the Republican base vote. Dave Freed received substantially fewer votes than either of the other two state wide candidates for Auditor General John Maher or Treasurer Diana Irey  Vaughan. The base rejected Corbett’s choice. If Corbett loses, as is likely, in November, then Rs may have a chance to field a credible and competent candidate.

I am pessimistic. 

READ MORE PennLive Charles Thompson 14 July 2014

 

StateWide  http://www.electionreturns.state.pa.us/Default.aspx?EID=27&ESTID=2&CID=0&OID=5&CDID=0&PID=0&DISTID=0&IsSpecial=0&PageRefID=1

 

Candidate Votes Percentage KANE, KATHLEEN G (DEM) 3,125,557 56.14 % FREED, DAVID J (REP) 2,313,506 41.56 % ROGERS, MARAKAY J (LIB) 128,140 2.30 %

 http://www.electionreturns.state.pa.us/Default.aspx?EID=27&ESTID=2&CID=0&OID=6&CDID=0&PID=0&DISTID=0&IsSpecial=0&PageRefID=1

Auditor General

 

StateWide

 

Candidate Votes Percentage DEPASQUALE, EUGENE A (DEM) 2,729,565 49.73 % MAHER, JOHN (REP) 2,548,767 46.43 % SUMMERS, BETSY ELIZABETH (LIB) 210,876 3.84 %

 http://www.electionreturns.state.pa.us/Default.aspx?EID=27&ESTID=2&CID=0&OID=7&CDID=0&PID=0&DISTID=0&IsSpecial=0&PageRefID=1

 

State Treasurer

 

StateWide

 

Candidate Votes Percentage MCCORD, ROBERT M (DEM) 2,872,344 52.53 % VAUGHAN, DIANA IREY (REP) 2,405,654 43.99 % FRYMAN, PATRICIA M (LIB) 190,406 3.48 %

 

Categories: Pennsylvania

Personnel is Policy: Tom Corbett, Acting Sec. of ED Dumaresq and the PSEA

Sun, 2014-07-20 06:00

Corbett’s cordial relationship with teachers’ unions tells us why K-12 unionized, government bureaucracy cost so much. (Hat tip to Pennsylvanians for Union Reform  and Jim Panyard  for this  27 August  2013 report.

The PSEA has been the most well-financed and very effective opposition to pension finance reform.

Personnel is Policy: PSEA’s person is Pennsylvania Secretary of Education.          

“Dumaresq, 66, left PSEA in 2008 after 12 years with the teacher union. During her last five years with PSEA, she grossed just under $1 million ($957,333), according to federal records.

She also has served as president of the Pennsylvania Association of  School Administrators (PASA) and had served as Executive Deputy Secretary of the Education Department under both Tomalis and Harner.

In addition to her bona fide liberal credentials as head of the PSEA and PASA, Dumaresq has received recognition awards from the Education Policy and Leadership Centerthe American Association of University Women, and the Keystone Research Center, a left-wing think tank supported by PSEA and the AFL-CIO.” READ MORE Mediatrackers 13 August 2013

Categories: Pennsylvania

The Five Year Cost of Act 89 of 2013 — What Republicans Imposed

Sun, 2014-07-20 06:00

The cost of the Republicans’ Act 89 of 2013 is tax of $7,307,000,000 is $7,584,000,000 on motorists and truckers in Pennsylvania. See page 9 chart of Fiscal Note of the House Committee on Appropriations

 

  

 

Categories: Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Endorse Democrat Tom Wolf and 18 Republicans: Naming Names

Sat, 2014-07-19 06:50

What does this tell us?

We recall that liquor business continues to be owned and operated by the state and the pension finances have not been reformed.

        Mike Vereb Montgomery County Republican Committee is financed by Democratic Union.

 

“Altogether, 18 State Rep. and 5 State Senate GOP nominees won the AFL-CIO nod.

The Republican from the upper chamber were Senators Tommy Tomlinson (SD-6), Robert Greenleaf (SD-12), Pat Brown (SD-16), Mario Scavello (SD-40) and John Rafferty Jr. (SD-44).

Meanwhile the GOP nominees for the State House are as follows: Jim Marshall (HD-14), Gene DiGirolamo (HD-18), Bernie O’Neill (HD-29), Robert Godshall (HD-53), Glen Grell (HD-87), John Payne (HD-106), David Millard (HD-109), Karen Boback (HD-117), Mike Peifer (HD-139), Frank Farry (HD-142), Marguerite Quinn (HD-143), Mike Vereb (HD-150), Thomas Murt (HD-152), Joe Hackett (HD-161), Nick Miccarelli (HD-162), William Adolph Jr. (HD-165), Thomas Killion (HD-168), and John Taylor (HD-177)

“We highly recommend these candidates for Pennsylvania’s working families,” said PA AFL-CIO President Rick Bloomingdale. ‘We are confident that they will support us as we fight to grow and protect jobs and support policies that will improve opportunities and the quality of life of working families. From the top of the ticket – Tom Wolf for Governor – and throughout this ticket, we have an excellent choice of leaders who are committed to keeping workers on a level playing field and moving Pennsylvania forward.’ ”  READ MORE PoliticsPa Nick Field 14 July 2014

 

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Philadelphia Not Small Business Friendly

Fri, 2014-07-18 07:00

Philadelphia is not small business friendly. These petty, and no so petty, harassments are endlessly depressing to growth.

 

wait…it’s for the children 

 

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Pennsylvania’s Gimmicky Budget

Thu, 2014-07-17 07:00

“An approximately $29 billion state government operating budget under negotiation in the Legislature is likely to be based on a fast-growing amount of one-time cash items to avoid the prospect of a tax increase that would split the House’s and Senate’s Republican majorities.

The one-time items — derided by critics as gimmicks — include raiding off-budget programs, postponing bills and cleaning out reserves.” Marc Levy Associated Press 28 June 2014

The House and Senate kicked the Pension Can down the road again and the Governor sent them a message. Good for him.

The Governor did use his Constituional line item veto:  ”Corbett cut $65 million from the legislature’s operating budget of $330 million. He vetoed $7.2 million in designated legislative spending, including $5 million for legislative parking in Harrisburg.

The $65 million represents 43 percent of the legislature’s carefully guarded $150 million surplus. Leaders refused to give any of that money to taxpayers when balancing the budget and now must spend some of the surplus to operate, said Corbett.” Brad Bumsted  10 July 2014

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Republican Dave Reed’s Five Votes for Welfare to the Wealthy

Wed, 2014-07-16 10:11

    County Representative Dave Reed’s Five (5) Votes for Welfare to the Wealthy. 

District 62 Map  Republican, serving Indiana County (Part) Leadership

Majority Policy Chairman Member of the House  2003 to date   Penna. House Republican Leadership

THE RECORD IS THE RECORD. This is the record as reported by the General Assembly itself.

  Republican Representative David M. Maloney voted YEA to give, that is, redistribute  almost 1/2 Bbillion Taxpayer Dollars to multi-billion dollar, private, tax-exempt corporations. Representative Maloney forced the Forgotten Taxpayer to finance these very wealth corpoations. Why these Favored Five Corpoations and not all private universities and colleges? How much better are we all off that these Favored Five are financed by the government and that taxpayer money has been redistributed to them. Generally, I thought, Republicans think that government dependency, year after year, is morally corrosive and demoralizing as well as being bad economics.

   The Republican Governor and the Republican General Assembly voted to give  tax-exempt multibillion dollar private corporation Penn State   $229, 694,000  taxpayer dollars by Act 10A of 2013  House vote 1 July 2013 SB725  This vote was 199 to 4 with real Republicans John McGinnis, Daryl Metcalfe Carl Metzgar and Democrat Haluska voting NAY House Committee on Appropriations Fiscal Note     Penn State $229, 694,000

  The Republican Governor and the Republican General Assembly voted to give  tax-exempt multibillion dollar private corporation   UPITT $136,076,000 taxpayer dollars by Act 11A of 2013  House vote 1 July 2013 SB726  This vote was 199 to 4 with real Republicans John McGinnis, Daryl Metcalfe Carl Metzgar and Democrat Haluska voting NAY  House Committee on Appropriations Fiscal Note   UPITT $136,076,000

  The Republican Governor and the Republican General Assembly voted to give  tax-exempt multibillion dollar private corporation  TempleU $139, 917,000 taxpayer dollars by Act 12A of 2013  House vote 1 July 2013 SB727  This vote was 199 to 4 with real Republicans John McGinnis, Daryl Metcalfe Carl Metzgar and Democrat Haluska voting NAY  House Committe on Appropriations Fiscal Note     TempleU $139, 917,000 

  The Republican Governor and the Republican General Assembly voted to give  tax-exempt multibillion dollar private corporation  LincolnU $13,163,000 taxpayer dollars by Act 13 A of 2013  House vote 1 July 2013 SB728  This vote was 199 to 4 with real Republicans John McGinnis, Daryl Metcalfe Carl Metzgar and Democrat Haluska voting NAY House Committee on Appropriations Fiscal Note LincolnU $13,163,000

   $2,000,000 compensation package is subsidized by Pennsylania’s Forgotten Taxpayer.

The Republican Governor and the Republican General Assembly voted to give  tax-exempt multibillion dollar private corporation UPENN $28,261,000  taxpayer dollars by Act 14A of 2013  House vote 1 July 2013 SB729  This vote was 197 to 6 with real Republicans   Krieger John McGinnis, Daryl Metcalfe Carl Metzgar Reese and Democrats Haluska and Petrarca  voting NAY  House Committee on Appropriations Fiscal Note UPENN $28,261,000

        

 

 Only Representatives Metcalfe and McGinnis Metzgar and Democrat Haluska voted NAY five times AGAINST more spending which is funded by the taxpayers and FOR Liberty, Economic Freedom and The Forgotten Taxpayer

 

  District 69 Map  Republican, serving Bedford County (Part), Somerset County (Part)  Member of the House  2009 to date

 

    District 12 Map  Republican, serving Butler County (Part) Member of the House  1999 to date

  District 79 Map  Republican, serving Blair County (Part)   Member of the House 2013 to date   District 73 Map  Democrat, serving Cambria County (Part)  Member of the House  1995 to date
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Pennsylvania Pensions Pennsylvania Government Spending: What? Me, Worry?

Wed, 2014-07-16 07:00

 What, if any, any downside to more government spending, more government borrowing and higher taxes on the private, productive sector?

What, if any, is the impact of reducing spending, reducing borrowing and lowering taxes on the private, productive sector?

Is there any way to reduce government spending and government borrowing so that higher taxes will not be necessary?

There are billions and billions of other spending. Focusing on only one spending category, pensions,  diverts attention from other opportunities to reduce spending. Bureaucracies are expensive.

Pensions cannot be cut retroactively so they will continue to drive need for more taxes. I think higher taxes mean lower productive growth and lower wages. But I could be wrong …maybe more state and city spending will increase productivity and increase wages. What do you think? Is there more opportunity elsewhere?

I think recent events in Harrisburg tell us that Union Democrats and Union Republicans dominate the legislature. In any event, the unions cannot bargain away vested pensions. As I have pointed out, billions can be cut elsewhere. Pensions are here to stay.

  It may be that you are on a sinking ship and don’t know it. There are many thinks we don’t know that we don’t know: the Unknown Unknowns. On the other hand, maybe  I  am inferring too much fiscal pessimism from the numbers. 

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Pittsburgh Penguins Console Energy – Welfare to the Wealthy

Mon, 2014-07-14 08:00

Is this really necessary to the General Welfare? Promoting a multi multi millionaire energy company and a multi multi millionaire sports team is not in the public interest or that of The Forgotten Taxpayer who is forced to pay for something only an infinitesimal number of people, actually, use.  Meanwhile, pension reform is kicked down the road.

 ” Corbett’s press secretary Jay Pagni said the state must pay $5.6 million over the next five years — $946,000 more than anticipated in 2007. State taxpayers must absorb the increase because of a shortfall resulting from two downgrades of the bond insurer’s credit rating and an increase in the variable interest rate, he said. ”  Taxpayers on the hook for $1M more for Consol Energy Center lease 8 July 2014 Tribune Review

What, if any, is the impact of reducing spending, reducing borrowing and lowering taxes on the private, productive sector?

Is there any way to reduce government spending and government borrowing so that higher taxes will not be necessary?

There are billions and billions of other spending. Focusing on only one spending category, pensions, diverts attention from other opportunities to reduce spending. Bureaucracies and Corporate Welfare are expensive.

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