This is all we get from our elected officials: no action on issues that really matter and have been in the forefront of taxpayers' concerns for years.
Case in point:
Gov. Tom Corbett just announced that he would like to privatize the lottery, an endeavor I support but think will fail. He's also pushing for the privatizing of the state stores; no luck here. And then there's the privatizing of the toll roads -- any action on this one? Nope. And then there's raising the cap on the prevailing wage rate (the fact that we still have this antiquated law is wrong and immoral.) No move on this one either.
All of the above would contribute to the reduction of the state taxes that you and I pay. But there is one bill, HB1776, that would create the biggest infusion of cash for property owners ever. The governor hasn't said a word of support for this bill.
The passing of this one bill would do more to put money in the pockets of the electorate than any other legislative act. I pay more than $4,000 in municipal and school taxes. Think about what you could buy if you had this amount of money to spend. HB1776 would have done that, but as usual the legislators found that the numbers didn't add up, so for now its dead. Hopefully it will be back for a vote this coming year.
It's interesting that the legislators, in previous years, passed a law that gives them automatic annual pay increases, and then under Gov. Tom Ridge they approved pension increases for government, teachers and other state workers that are now choking the life out of us. How did they justify these raises? Now, you would naturally think that if they made the law then they can change it or repeal it. But no, the language says they cannot. Do you think the unions had anything to do with this? So, the big-hearted legislator does protest and says he or she will give it to charity, but it is still in their pension.
If the governor really wants to make a mark for his re-election bid, he needs to get behind HB1776 and be vocal.
In my previous letters to the editor, I asked why a city, county or even state could not declare bankruptcy if they were unable to meet their expenses. The answer then was it is illegal. Well, just recently Harrisburg was granted that ability and many more cities are going to go that way because the pension problems will only get worse.
And that's why 2013 has to be the year to pass HB1776. I, as a property owner, can no longer afford this tax.