Saturday, April 4, 2015

Growing calls for resignation of PA Attorney General Kathleen Kane

Two of Pennsylvania's biggest and most influential newspapers are calling for embattled Pa. Attorney General Kathleen Kane to resign in the wake of numerous scandals that have plagued her tenure since she took office in 2013. It also speaks volume that both The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Harrisburg Patriot-News endorsed Kane for election in 2012 and are among the most liberal newspapers in Pennsylvania, typically giving Democratic politicians the benefit of the doubt. But there's no doubt among the editorial boards of both newspapers that Kane can no longer do her job while facing potential criminal charges and revelations that she has interfered with criminal investigations of Democratic political figures.

From Philly.com: Kane should step down

From PennLive.com: Attorney General Kathleen Kane should resign: Editorial

From PennLive.com: Pa. Attorney General Kathleen Kane should resign: Dennis Roddy

Weekly GOP Address on Cyber Security Crisis

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Friday, April 3, 2015

Losers Welcome: To win Senate, Dems turn to candidates already rejected by voters

To win Senate, Dems turn to candidates who've lost before

Pa.'s Largest Newspaper Calls For AG Kathleen Kane's resignation

From the editorial pages of The Philadelphia Inquirer, which never met a Democrat, including Kathleen Kane, it didn't endorse for office:
Pennsylvania's self-destructing attorney general, Kathleen Kane, should resign. This week alone, The Inquirer has reported that she disrupted a second political corruption case, while the Supreme Court upheld a probe into her dissemination of grand jury information that could yield criminal charges.
It's now clear that since her early days in office, Kane's attempts to protect legitimate law enforcement targets and smear rivals have been at odds with the public interest.
Editorial: Kane should step down

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Poll: 66% Reject Obama's Call For Mandatory Voting

Americans want voting to be easier, not mandatory, according to a new poll.

Americans: Make it easier to vote, but not mandatory | WashingtonExaminer.com

Guest Column: Don't Be Fooled: Gov. Wolf's Budget Will Cost You

These days, April Fools' isn't the only day you have to be on guard for potential pranks. As we move through budget season in the state legislature, don't be tricked by phrases like "holistic budget" or "property tax relief."

In fact, under Gov. Tom Wolf's proposed budget, the last thing middle-class, working families and small businesses will feel is relief. What's really in Gov. Wolf's budget plan for Pennsylvania? Billions in new taxes and borrowing to support historic levels of government spending.

Last month, the governor presented his ideal state spending plan, a $33.8 billion budget that relies on major tax increases and increased borrowing. As proposed, Gov. Wolf's budget would spend state taxpayer dollars at unprecedented levels, and represents a 16 percent increase with $4.7 billion in new spending this year alone.

Just how much does he want to spend? If Gov. Wolf's plan is enacted, the Commonwealth will spend $92.6 million in state dollars every day. That equates to $3.9 million per hour, over $64,307 per minute or $1,071 per second.

To pay for this huge increase in government spending, Gov. Wolf is looking to you, the taxpayer. His plan would raise the Personal Income Tax (PIT) by 21 percent and increase and expand Sales and Use Tax revenues by over 40 percent for more state spending. The result? An outrageous, every-thing-in-the-kitchen-sink budget that is balanced on the backs of hard-working, middle-class families and small businesses which account for more than 95 percent of all employers in Pennsylvania.

In addition to raising existing taxes, Gov. Wolf is also proposing to effectively create 550 new taxes, many of which would negatively impact our most vulnerable citizens. Products and services that were not taxed before, like diapers, baby wipes, child care, personal hygiene products, veterinarian services, non-prescription drugs, caskets and burial vaults, home health care services and assisted living services, will now be taxed at 6.6 percent.

What will Pennsylvanians get in return? Gov. Wolf has promised his plan will provide much-needed property tax relief, but will it? Not likely. The governor's plan would raise $6.8 billion in taxes, but only put $3.7 billion toward property tax relief. As proposed, taxpayers in more than 400 of the state's 500 school districts would pay more in personal income and sales taxes than they would receive in property tax relief.

Additionally, the governor's distribution of wealth plan disproportionally benefits urban districts, which already receive the highest allocation of state education funding.

Taxpayers can see how their school district fares under the governor's budget at www.TaxpayersThatPay.com

Think about it: It took this Commonwealth 200 years to reach a budget of $20 billion. Eight years under infamous spender, Gov. Rendell brought us to $28 billion. Our new governor blows those numbers out of the water, looking to spend an $8 billion more in the next two years alone. Just as you struggle to live within your means to balance your household budget, we as state government must also live in reality.

As state representatives who promised to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars, we cannot support a budget that raises billions of dollars in new taxes but fails to address the state's well-known, impending pension crisis or rein in government spending. With our economy finally on the rebound, we need a budget that addresses government waste, fraud and abuse, continues to grow our economy and, most importantly, protects taxpayers.

This April Fools' Day, don't let a wolf pull the wool over your eyes with promises of "jobs that pay, schools that teach and government that works." The only guarantee that comes with Gov. Wolf's spending plan is that taxpayers will certainly pay.

Rep. Kerry Benninghoff is the Majority Policy Chairman, and Rep. Bryan Cutler is the Majority Whip of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Both are Republicans.

Poll shows Clinton slipping in trustworthiness among voters

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