Putting the Taxpayer First
Politicians pay lip service to fiscal responsibility, while continuously treating your tax dollars like a personal expense account. Shameless per diems, inequitable budgets, and a culture that caters to special interests are the hallmarks of Harrisburg’s dysfunction. I’ll champion legislation that holds large corporations accountable, lowers your taxes, and holds representatives to the same standards as every working Pennsylvanian. As both a school director and a commissioner in Elizabeth Township, I never voted for a tax increase, nor did I ever pass a budget that included a tax increase. In 2016, as President of the Elizabeth Township Board of Commissioners I decreased spending by $2 million while maintaining services for our constituents.
Strengthening Public Safety
I am proud to have the endorsement of the Fraternal Order of Police. Law enforcement officers, first responders, and public safety professionals sacrifice so much for our security and peace of mind. It is imperative that we provide them with the resources they need to do their jobs effectively. Adequate funding allocations, modernizing equipment, and investing in technological enhancements will ensure that our Commonwealth remains a place that people are proud to call home.
I am proud to serve on the SERMS Ambulance Board of Directors, which serves most communities in the 39th (Elizabeth Township, Forward Township, Jefferson Hills, the Borough of Elizabeth, West Elizabeth Borough and Union Township). By combining services, these communities are saving 4 to 5 times the cost that it would take to run their own ambulance service.
I adamantly support the elimination of property taxes as they currently exist. However, this process will require a great deal of study before it can implemented. If this is enacted too soon we could end up with higher taxes on both personal and the sell of goods and services.
Act 1776 for property tax relief is a realistic starting point because it would remove the threshold of allowing property tax relief at only 50 percent. As it stands now, it would be at 100 percent, however, it allows school districts to opt out and still collect school taxes in their own districts. This will not work. If the personal income tax increases and the property tax is not removed by school districts we will have the same school taxes and a higher state personal income tax. We can do better to properly fund education without continuing to burden taxpayers.
I am proud to have the endorsements of the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers, The Pennsylvania State Education Association and the Realtors Association.