Day At The Track

Our legislators continue to lie to voters

06:45 PM 13 Feb 2020 NZDT
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This is an open letter to all of our incumbent legislators on both sides of the aisle, including independents.

I read an article this morning that indicated that our governor’s new budget might divert monies from the harness racing “industry” to our schools. This money comes from revenues from the slot machines in our casinos. Since 2004 (when this legislation was enacted), we have been hearing from our campaigning legislators that the initial law was to provide money to eliminate the school taxes. Hear this legislators, I still pay school taxes and they continue to go up not down. In fact, some school districts new budgets will be exceeding the state mandated percentage increases. To summarize: let’s give it to the horses and the hell with the schools.

Second, our previous governor, Tom Corbett enacted a 29-cent increase in gasoline tax that would be spread over four years. This money would be earmarked for road and bridge repairs throughout Pennsylvania. However, a number of our communities decided that they would do away with their police force and utilize the State Police. To cover this additional cost for patrols, the money was found in the gasoline tax to pay for this State Police coverage. So now we have a growing number of communities on the state dole. As this continues our highways and bridges remain some of the worst in the nation.

I must give credit where credit is due. Our legislators had great teachers – the federal legislators. They diverted so much money from the Social Security fund that they now claim its going broke.

In both of the items cited above, we, the taxpayers of Pennsylvania, have been lied to continuously. Don’t believe me; just wait until the political campaigns (lies) start this primary season.

I have but one question. Are these two scenarios grounds for removal from office?

By Emory Guffrovich

Reprinted with permission of The Times Leader

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