Friday, June 20, 2008

Tony Phyrillas on 'Journalists Roundtable' Sunday

The popular "Journalists Roundtable" public affairs program on the Pennsylvania Cable Network is coming to you from Pottstown this week.

The one-hour program hosted by Bill Bova airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. on cable systems throughout Pennsylvania.

Encore presentations of the program are shown Sundays at 5 p.m. and again at 11 p.m.

The panel for this week's edition of "Journalists Roundtable" consists of Tony Phyrillas, city editor/political columnist for The Mercury in Pottstown; Nick Lawrence, host of "Great Talk Radio" on WPAZ 1370 AM and Phil Heron, editor of the The Delaware County Daily Times.

PCN is shown on Comcast Channel 98 in Berks County, Service Electric Cable Channel 23 in Berks/Lehigh counties and Comcast Channel 78 in the Pottstown area.

Consult your cable guide for the Pennsylvania Cable Network channel in your area.

RNC: The Two Obamas

RNC: The Two Obamas

What's the Hold Up? Part IV

What's the Hold Up? Part IV

RNC Posts New Web Video: 'Obama Trading In Contradictions'

RNC Posts New Web Video: 'Obama Trading In Contradictions'

National Press Club Honors Outstanding Journalism

National Press Club Honors Outstanding Journalism

Al Gore Wants You To Drive Less

It's becoming pretty clear that the Democratic Party is working with far left groups and the environmental fringe to keep gas prices high to force Americans to reduce their driving.

Don't be surprised if Al Gore is named National Energy Czar in a Barack Obama administration.

Keep up with the latest on rising gas prices and why the Democrats refuse to allow more domestic oil drilling at the links below:

Al Gore Using "Even More" Energy Now

1 million petition Congress to drill for American oil

Chuck Norris to Congress: 'Get Off Your Gas, And Drill!'

Bush to Dems on oil drilling: 'There is no excuse for delay'

Gallons Per Mile or Miles Per Gallon

Environmentalists Want to Cast Us Into Stone Age

House Dems Call to "Nationalize" Oil Industry

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Dump The Pump on June 19

The American Public Transit Association and its various members across the country are asking drivers to leave their cars at home and take mass transit to work as part of a Dump The Pump campaign on Thursday, June 19.

Dump The Pump is a day that advocates for people to ride public transportation to help improve the environment, conserve gasoline and save money, according to the association.

(It's the third annual Dump the Pump Day on June 19. How did I miss the first two?)

Many transit agencies are lowering prices on Thursday to encourage ridership. Some are even sponsoring contests to entice riders.

Read more in today's edition of The Mercury in Pottstown.

Republican National Committee: Obama's Hypocrisy - Why Has Obama Continued to Accept Money From Rezko's Fundraising Network?

Republican National Committee: Obama's Hypocrisy - Why Has Obama Continued to Accept Money From Rezko's Fundraising Network?

Blunt: House Republican Petition Would Bring Crucial Refining Bill to the Floor, Relief to Americans at the Pump

Blunt: House Republican Petition Would Bring Crucial Refining Bill to the Floor, Relief to Americans at the Pump

Catch Tony Phyrillas on PCN on Thursday

The popular "Journalists Roundtable" public affairs program on the Pennsylvania Cable Network will be coming to you from Pottstown this week.

The one-hour program hosted by Bill Bova is shown Thursdays at 8 p.m. on cable systems throughout Pennsylvania.

The program will repeat Sunday at 5 p.m. and again at 11 p.m.

The panel for June 19 program consists of Tony Phyrillas, city editor/political columnist for The Mercury in Pottstown; Nick Lawrence, host of "Great Talk Radio" on WPAZ 1370 AM and Phil Heron, editor of the The Delaware County Daily Times.

PCN is shown on Comcast Channel 98 in Berks County, Service Electric Cable Channel 23 in Berks/Lehigh counties and Comcast Channel 78 in the Pottstown area.

Consult your cable guide for the Pennsylvania Cable Network channel in your area.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

PA GOP Senate pushes reform bills

Republican lawmakers in Harrisburg continue to push for ways to reform state government. Unfortunately, the Democrats who control the state House continue to put up obstacles for reform measures.

Barry L. Kauffman, executive director of Common Cause/Pennsylvania, reports that the Senate State Government Committee passed two important government reform bills on Tuesday.

Senate Bill 346 upgrades the way that legislative and congressional districts would be redesigned after each Census, Kauffman says.

Changing the way Pennsylvania politicians draw political boundaries is "considered one of the critical pillars of reform," Kauffman says.

SB 346 moved out of committee by an 8-3 vote.

Kauffman complimented Committee Chairmen Jeffrey Piccola and Anthony Williams for working together to get the bill moving and give it a chance to meet the mid-July constitutional deadline.

"This redistricting reform bill is crucial to making Pennsylvania's legislative and congressional elections meaningful again. When SB 346 becomes law, there will be much greater likelihood that voters will have meaningful choices on election day, and therefore have a greater ability to hold their elected officials accountable." Kauffman said.

A companion piece of legislation is bogged down in the House, where the Democratic chairwoman of the House State Government Committee, Rep. Babette Josephs, D-Phila., is refusing to allow a vote on the measure.

The Senate committee also unanimously approved Senate Bill 1488, which would make it illegal for lobbyists and those who hire lobbyists to provide gifts, hospitality, entertainment, meals or lodging to state-level officials and employees, Kauffman says.

The bill contains a reasonable exemption for plaques and also permits an official to participate in a group meal when speaking at a major organizational event that pertains to official duties, according to Kauffman.

"The Piccola gift ban proposal largely closes one of the big loopholes in the recently passed lobbyist disclosure; and in so doing ends a practice that appears to have raised serious concerns with most citizens. Lobbyists themselves have raised concerns about demands from officials for gifts and meals, while most citizens want to feel assured that their officials' loyalties lie with them rather than with special interest lobbyists that provide the largesse," Kauffman says.

Republican National Committee: Obama V. Obama

Republican National Committee: Obama V. Obama

Republican National Committee: Obama Tries to Have It Both Ways on Free Trade Issue

Republican National Committee: Obama Tries to Have It Both Ways on Free Trade Issue

Catch Tony Phyrillas on TV Thursday

The popular "Journalists Roundtable" public affairs program on the Pennsylvania Cable Network is coming to Pottstown this week.

The panel for June 19 program will consist of Tony Phyrillas, city editor/political columnist for The Mercury in Pottstown; Nick Lawrence, host of "Great Talk Radio" on WPAZ 1370 AM and Phil Heron, editor of the The Delaware County Daily Times.

The one-hour program hosted by Bill Bova is shown Thursdays at 8 p.m. on cable systems throughout Pennsylvania.

The program will repeat Sunday at 5 p.m. and again at 11 p.m.

Click here for more.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Across the Pennsylvania blogosphere

Lots of interesting posts at blogs across Pennsylvania:

Instead of tolling Interstate 80, cut Pennsylvania welfare expenses by 10% at PowerBlog!

A new poll shows Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta leading incumbent Paul Kanjorski for Pennsylvania's 11th Congressional District. Read more at Pennsylvania Ave.

Several good posts at POLICY BLOG. Take your pick:

Limiting political speech won’t create good government

Smoking bans and individual rights

Biofuels Are Indefensible

John McCain is the first (and so far the only) presidential candidate who understands that the U.S. ban on offshore drilling for oil must be lifted by the Democrats who control Congress in order to get gas prices under control. Read more at TONY PHYRILLAS

Big government = limited economic growth, says the TaxpayerProtection blog

Montgomery County Commissioner Jim Matthews continues to make a fool of himself at PaWaterCooler.com

RNC: Democrat Military Expert vs. Obama Adviser on Visiting Iraq

RNC: Democrat Military Expert vs. Obama Adviser on Visiting Iraq

Republican National Committee: Obama's Economic Plan Deserves Close Scrutiny

Republican National Committee: Obama's Economic Plan Deserves Close Scrutiny

Republican National Committee - Obama: Wrong on Energy

Republican National Committee - Obama: Wrong on Energy

Saturday, June 14, 2008

What politicians don't want you to know

Check out this editorial from The Philadelphia Inquirer about a move in the state Legislature to allow government entities to place public meeting notices and other legal advertisements in shopping circulars and online instead of newspapers with widespread circulation in a community.

It's another effort by politicians to keep residents in the dark. For every door that opens on Pennsylvania's antiquated Sunshine Law, another one closes.

Politicians want residents to remain in the dark so they don't see how tax dollars are spent.

"The biggest and most important issue is the public's right to know and how best to get the information distributed to the broadest audience," the Inquirer writes. "Newspapers face many challenges these days, but they remain the cheapest and most reliable way to keep the public informed."

Tell you legislator to start working on real problems like property taxes, repairing roads and bridges and providing affordable health care instead of spending time on something that doesn't need fixing.

Read the full editorial, "Public Notices: Keep them where the audience is," here.

Obama: Wrong For Pennsylvania's Economy

Obama: Wrong For Pennsylvania's Economy, Says Republican National Committee

Gov. Ed Rendell Attacked Obama on His 'Bitter' Comment About Pennsylvanians

Gov. Ed Rendell (D-PA) Attacked Obama on His 'Bitter' Comment About Pennsylvanians

Remembering Tim Russert

There's a nice collection of tributes to broadcast journalist Tim Russert, who died Friday, at the TONY PHYRILLAS blog. The fact that politicians, bloggers and journalists from the right and the left are so saddened by Russert's death is a tribute to the work he did and the man he was.

'What Does the American Flag Mean to You?'; GOP Convention, Partners Launch Youth Essay Contest

'What Does the American Flag Mean to You?'; GOP Convention, Partners Launch Youth Essay Contest

Obama's Bus

Obama's Bus

RNC Launches Online Clock Counting Days Since Obama Was Invited To Joint Town Hall Meetings

RNC Launches Online Clock Counting Days Since Obama Was Invited To Joint Town Hall Meetings

Thursday, June 12, 2008

GOP ship is sinking in Pennsylvania

If you want to read an honest assessment of the current state of the Republican Party in Pennsylvania, I recommend "GOP Ship Continues to Sink" by Lowman S. Henry & Ryan M. Shafik of the Lincoln Institute of Public Opinion Research:
If the massive number of Republicans switching to the Democratic Party in the weeks before the Pennsylvania Primary was a political earthquake, what has been happening since is a strong aftershock. The desertion of the GOP by voters in bellwether counties is continuing.

Pre-primary conventional wisdom held that Republican voters were re-registering as Democrats to participate in the hotly contested election between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. GOP leaders predicted many, if not most, of the wayward Republicans would return to the fold after the primary. Reacting to the surge in party switches, the Republican State Committee and many county committees announced plans to entice their voters back into the party.

Early evidence suggests that is not happening. In fact, the erosion of the Republican Party's voter base continues apace. Nowhere has the GOP lost more ground than in southeastern Pennsylvania where the former GOP powerhouse counties of Bucks and Montgomery went "blue" in the days prior to the primary election. The trend is continuing. In Bucks County, since the April 22nd primary, 1,590 voters have switched to become Democrats; while 476 switched to the GOP.
Read the rest of the commentary at Pennsylvania townhall.com

And somebody please pass this column on to National Committeeman Bob Asher and National Committeewoman Christine Toretti, who appear to be oblivious to the fact that the Pennsylvania GOP is in decline on their watch.

Republican National Committee: Obama Is Right, Words Matter

Republican National Committee: Obama Is Right, Words Matter

Republican National Committee: What's the Hold Up?

Republican National Committee: What's the Hold Up?

Monday, June 9, 2008

Catch Tony Phyrillas on radio

If you're near a radio or a computer Tuesday afternoon, be sure to listen in to WPAZ 1370 AM from 4-5 p.m. for some of the best political insight around with Tony Phyrillas and Mike Pincus.

You know who I am. Mike Pincus is a Republican political strategist who has worked with many local, county, state and national campaigns.

We'll talk about the presidential race and who might be the vice presidential picks for either party. We'll also talk about some of the Congressional races in Pennsylvania.

Listeners can call with questions or comments during the live broadcast at 610-326-4000.

You can also listen to the program on your computer by going to www.1370WPAZ.com and clicking on the "live audio" button at the top of the page.

Potts: Persistence is key to reforming PA government

Rep. Carole Rubley, R-157th Dist., and Tim Potts, co-founder of Democracy Rising PA, recently spoke to Great Valley Citizens Forum about reforming state government.

"To accomplish reform, the most important thing you need to have is persistence." Potts told the group. "You don't let a day go by without talking to somebody."

Rubley, a 16-year veteran of Harrisburg, is retiring at the end of the year. She told the forum that while individual lawmakers want to see changes, leadership continues to be the main obstacle.

Read the full story, "Forum focuses on reforming Legislature" in the West Chester Daily Local News.

Democrats block efforts to end voter fraud

Why do Democrats oppose laws designed to prevent voter fraud?

Gov. Ed Rendell is among the many Democratic Party officials who have fought voter ID laws.

Columnist Gil Spencer examines the issues in an interesting op-ed piece published in The Mercury under the title: "Rendell clueless on voter ID legislation"

"Politicians like Rendell ... should have more faith in their constituents and less contempt for their abilities," Spencer writes. "The rest of us should maintain our contempt for political activists who would corrupt the system by taking advantage of lax voter ID regulations. Despite the claims of those who say voter fraud is a non-problem, there seems to be plenty of evidence that it has and does occur."

Read the full column here.

Your help is needed to eliminate property taxes

David Baldinger has a message for Pennsylvania taxpayers. The only way to eliminate school property taxes is to lobby your legislators and legislative leaders. Here is Baldinger's latest message:

Dear Friends,

The "Save Our Homes" rally was held on June 2 in the Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg and was, by most accounts, a huge success. We had a great turnout of enthusiastic homeowners and lawmakers from both parties and our voices were heard loudly and clearly.

The media coverage was somewhat spotty and sometimes was tremendously inaccurate but we still had quite a bit of favorable coverage and a few good editorials.

A recap of the rally that includes photos, a complete video of the event, and media coverage has been posted on the PTCC website at http://mysite.verizon.net/drbsr/PTCCWeb/rally060208.htm. Please take a few minutes to check it out and, if you have the forty minutes to spare, please watch the video – it contains a lot of good messages.

The rally was a terrific starting point but we need intensive follow-up over the next few weeks to hammer the message home. Here are the details:

If the rally is insufficient to motivate the House Democratic Leadership to report HB 1275 out of the Appropriations Committee, Representative Sam Rohrer intends to again attach the bill's language as an amendment to one of the budget bills that must be debated during June. I'll be sending another update about this when details become available.

HB 1275 has undergone two major revisions from the version that was debated in January. The sales tax has been eliminated for five major retail professional services – legal, accounting, architecture, engineering, and computer – to blunt the intense lobbying, mostly from the Pennsylvania Bar Association, that helped to kill the bill in January. The revised version of HB 1275 also offers no property tax reduction for commercial properties but caps their taxes at current levels. This was another major hurdle that couldn't be overcome in January.

The bottom line is that all of the major objections to the School Property Tax Elimination Act have been addressed and the politicians have NO MORE EXCUSES for not passing this bill.

I have just one short story to tell you. At the rally one lawmaker told me that I should tell all HB 1275 supporters to let their representative know that the sales tax has been removed from food and clothing. I was taken aback by this comment, as the provision for taxing food and clothing was eliminated from HB 1275 over a year ago. Nevertheless, he said that some of his colleagues told him in January that they would not vote for HB 1275 because it taxes food and clothing!

At first I was flabbergasted by this but my reaction quickly turned to outrage and tremendous anger. For whatever reason, these politicians voted against a bill that they didn't even understand! If they are so blatantly ignorant of the provisions of a bill that is so urgently needed, if they are so lazy that they can't take the time necessary to learn about such vital legislation, they do not deserve to be representing us.

The June vote on HB 1275 will be a litmus test for the November elections. Both the PTCC and the PCTA, along with several newspapers, are advocating the ouster of any lawmaker who votes against this bill. It is time to let the politicians know that we will stand for no more delays, no more political games, and no more excuses. They must be sternly warned that their jobs will be on the line in November if they again refuse the will of the people that they supposedly represent.

The key to passage of HB 1275 is not only your own representative but the House leadership of both parties. It is the leadership who tells their members how to vote on an issue and all will follow these leaders like sheep except for the few courageous, independent lawmakers who deserve our thanks.

During the next week or so, please telephone, write, or e-mail your representative to let him or her know that you strongly support HB 1275, the School Property Tax Elimination Act, and that you expect them to vote for this bill when debate begins in June. You can locate your representative's contact information from the "Find Your Legislators" link in the left column of any PTCC webpage.

In addition, please contact the House leaders listed below my signature to firmly tell them that you want HB 1275 enacted NOW. These leaders can make all the difference in the passage of this legislation and it is very important to tell them your feelings.

The June debate will offer us another opportunity to make HB 1275 a reality and your help is urgently needed. Please do all you can top spread the word to everyone you know and to tell the politicians that we want action NOW.

Thank you so much for your continuing support! Please feel free to write to me at any time with concerns or questions, and your comments are welcome on the PTCC blog that you can access from the top of any PTCC webpage.

David Baldinger
PTCC Administrator

www.ptcc.us

Republican Caucus Leader:
Hon. Samuel H. Smith
527 East Mahoning Street
Punxsutawney, PA 15767
(814) 938-4225
Fax: (814) 938-1950
ssmith@pahousegop.com

Democratic Caucus Leader:
Hon. H. William DeWeese
222 Elm Drive
Suite 101, P.O. Box 832
Waynesburg, PA 15370
(724) 627-8683
Fax: (724) 627-6043
wdeweese@pahouse.net

Democratic Caucus Whip:
Hon. Keith R. McCall
162 West Ridge Street
Lansford, PA 18232
(570) 645-7585
Fax: (570) 645-9526
kmccall@pahouse.net

Saturday, June 7, 2008

RNC Statement on Democrat Party Disunity

RNC Statement on Democrat Party Disunity

Clinton vs. Obama

Clinton vs. Obama

Barack Obama: The Enemy Within

How scary is Barack Obama? Depends if you like living in a democracy.

From what Sen. Obama, the most radical politician to seek the presidency in 100 years, has been saying, we're going to turn this nation into a socialist state and disband our military as a sign of good faith to our enemies.

Has this guy been asleep since Sept. 11, 2001? Has the entire Democratic Party been asleep?

Check out this post at TONY PHYRILLAS for more on how radical Obama is and the danger he poses to all of us if he's elected.

Blunt: American People Deserve Action to Stop the Negative Effects of Today's Record Oil Price Increase

Blunt: American People Deserve Action to Stop the Negative Effects of Today's Record Oil Price Increase

RNC: Barack Obama Audacity Watch

RNC: Barack Obama Audacity Watch

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

New poll: 81% of Americans support domestic drilling for oil

While the Democrats who control Congress play silly games with threats to sue OPEC because gas prices are too high or force American oil companies to turn over their business operations to the government, Americans continue to pay record prices for fuel.

Since the Democratic Party took control of Congress in November 2006, the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded has risen from $2.10 to past $4.00.

How high will gas prices go? It depends on how many Democrats voters send back to Washington. A vote for a Democrat is a vote for higher gas prices.

A new survey shows an overwhelming majority of Americans support more domestic drilling for oil to increase supply and lower prices.

Congress has prevented American oil companies from discovering new sources of oil in Alaska, federal lands in the 48 continental states and off U.S. coastal shores.

China, Cuba and Canada are currently drilling for oil off America's coast while the Democrats continue to ban American companies from finding new sources of oil.

Read more about the changes we need to make in the area of domestic energy at the link below.

New Poll: 81% of Americans Support Greater Use of Domestic Energy Resources

Republican National Committee: DNC Committeeman and Top Clinton Adviser Harold Ickes on Barack Obama's Electability

Republican National Committee: DNC Committeeman and Top Clinton Adviser Harold Ickes on Barack Obama's Electability

Republican National Committee: Rezko: Obama's Longtime Friend and Money Man

Republican National Committee: Rezko: Obama's Longtime Friend and Money Man

RNC Posts New Web Video: 'Democrats vs. Obama'

RNC Posts New Web Video: 'Democrats vs. Obama'

RNC Chair: Democrats Divided on Obama's Judgment, Experience

RNC Chair: Democrats Divided on Obama's Judgment, Experience

As Presidential Campaign Pace Quickens, Candidates Race Ahead With Bigger Federal Budget Promises, Updated Study Shows

As Presidential Campaign Pace Quickens, Candidates Race Ahead With Bigger Federal Budget Promises, Updated Study Shows

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Why did the media ignore tax rally?

Here's a more complete roundup of today's media coverage of Monday's "Save Our Homes Rally" in Harrisburg.

The event should have received a lot more coverage. The hundreds of people who went to Harrisburg Monday to demand the elimination of property taxes were not paid lobbyists or special interest groups. They were people who took time away from their jobs or other commitments to try to save their homes from Pennsylvania's antiquated way of funding public education.

Although some lawmakers attended the rally, most of the people gathered in the Capitol Rotunda were everyday citizens of Pennsylvania. Why does the media hover around politicians and lobbyists and ignore the people of the this state?

The most comprehensive coverage of the rally is in Tuesday's edition of The Mercury, which ran a lead story entitled, "Taxpayers rally: Save Our Homes" and a sidebar, "Lawmakers optimistic about revised tax plan"

The same story by reporter Michael Hays was picked up by the Daily Local News in West Chester under the headline, "Tough talk on Taxes" (There were quite a few Chester County lawmakers who were no-shows at the rally, even though several busloads of Chester County residents attended.) Another Chester County newspaper, The Phoenix, also ran both stories that originated in The Mercury.)

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review focused on state Rep. Sam Rohrer's long struggle to eliminate property taxes in a story headlined, "Lawmaker tries again to eliminate property tax"

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette also ran a story, "Seniors rally against property taxes"

Even though David Baldinger, one of the organizers of the rally hails from Berks County (as does Rep. Sam Rohrer), the Reading Eagle ignored the rally.

The state's biggest newspaper, The Philadelphia Inquirer, also ignored the story, as did The Morning-Call in Allentown.

The Associated Press moved a five-paragraph brief on the rally, which is all The Harrisburg Patriot-News ran even though the event was in the paper's backyard and was probably the biggest political story of the day.

The Pennsylvania Cable Network taped the rally and showed it several times on cable systems across Pennsylvania.

WFMZ Channel 69, which covers the Lehigh Valley and Berks County, ran a report on its evening newscasts and also posted it on its Web site.

No coverage in the Philly TV stations, who are busy covering a story about a TV anchor who read the private e-mails of his fired co-anchor.

In the blogosphere, the event was mentioned at GrassrootsPA, PowerBlog!, Lincoln Blog, THE CENTRIST and TONY PHYRILLAS

There's also a bunch of photos posted at TONY PHYRILLAS

Massive increase in spending proposed by Obama

As Presidential Campaign Pace Quickens, Candidates Race Ahead With Bigger Federal Budget Promises, Updated Study Shows

They Said It! Barack Obama's Newest Endorsement: Former President Jimmy Carter

They Said It! Barack Obama's Newest Endorsement: Former President Jimmy Carter

Tony Phyrillas on the radio Wednesday

Tony Phyrillas, The Mercury‘s award-winning political columnist, will be the guest on Great Talk Radio with Nick Lawrence from 4-5 p.m. Wednesday on WPAZ 1370 AM.

Topics of discussion will include property tax relief efforts, the Democratic race for president and the chances of the $28.3 billion state budget being approved by June 30.

Listeners can call in with questions or comments during the live broadcast at 610-326-4000.

You can also listen to the program on your computer by logging on to http://www.1370wpaz.com/ and clicking on the “live audio” button at the top of the home page.

Save Our Homes Rally coverage

No surprise. The best coverage of Monday's Save Our Homes Rally in Harrisburg can be found in The Mercury, which has been leading the crusade on tax reform for years.

You can also read more about the effort to eliminate school property taxes at PowerBlog! and at GrassrootsPA and at The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Web site

The Pennsylvania Cable Network also covered the the rally and showed the event several times on Monday. For photos from the event yesterday, see the TONY PHYRILLAS blog.

And why is there no mention of the rally on any liberal blog in Pennsylvania? Polls consistently say that property tax relief is the No. 1 issue facing Pennsylvania residents. I guess those well-to-do elitist don't have to worry about paying property taxes.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Sen. McCain's AIPAC Speech Draws Strong Contrast With Obama's Weak Record on Israel

Sen. McCain's AIPAC Speech Draws Strong Contrast With Obama's Weak Record on Israel

Hundreds rally for property tax relief

Here's a release from state Rep. Sam Rohrer, one of the organizers of the Save Our Homes Rally held today in Harrisburg:
Rep. Sam Rohrer (R-Berks) would like to thank the hundreds of concerned taxpayers from across the Commonwealth who joined with him and several other state lawmakers in the Capitol rotunda today to demand the elimination of school property taxes through the implementation of the School Property Tax Elimination Act.

This bipartisan, pro-growth plan (House Bill 1275) seeks to replace all school property taxes and other local nuisance taxes by maintaining the current 6 percent sales tax and expanding it to include services. All residential homeowners would immediately benefit from the implementation of this plan.

"I would like to personally thank each and every concerned taxpayer from across this Commonwealth who took time away from families or jobs to travel to Harrisburg to make your voice heard," said Rohrer. "Your participation represents a tangible example of your commitment and speaks for the tens of thousands of taxpaying homeowners who, like you, will settle for nothing less than the total elimination of school property taxes. Now is the time for both the General Assembly and the governor to act on the pleas of our people and support the passage of the School Property Tax Elimination Act.

Organized in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Taxpayer's Cyber Coalition and 27 other grass roots taxpayer groups from throughout the Keystone State, today's Save Our Homes Rally featured legislators, local leaders, and concerned citizens who spoke out in support of House Bill 1275 and against the unbearable burden that school property taxes have become.

"For the past 30 years and counting, thousands of our citizens have been forced from the security of their homes, many built with their own hands, by the very government who has been constitutionally entrusted to ensure the security of their property," said Rohrer. "In sharp contrast, the School Property Tax Elimination Act offers both hope and freedom for all Commonwealth citizens because, rather than an insignificant reduction, it will eliminate 100 percent of school property taxes on all primary residences.

"Furthermore, through the implementation of House Bill 1275, both the Legislature and governor hold the key to potentially providing relief for already overburdened taxpayers during these difficult economic times. The skyrocketing food, energy, and transportation costs, combined with rising property taxes have drained the budgets of countless homeowners. This bill provides the best solution to the problem by protecting the constitutional rights of homeowners to be secure in their homes while freeing up citizens' budgets to allow for the rising costs of food and energy," added Rohrer.

For more information on the School Property Tax Elimination Act, visit SamRohrer.com or PTCC.us