The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


October 20, 2012

Democrat ties Marino to Ryan budget

SUNBURY — Phil Scollo, of Milford, the Democratic candidate in Pennsylvania’s10th Congressional District seat, came out swinging against incumbent Republican Tom Marino at a Friday afternoon session with Daily Item editors and reporters.

“His voting record is an abomination,” Scollo said. “Marino has voted for the Ryan plan, which would effectively end Medicare as we know it, and would make deep cuts to educational funding. Because of these votes is why I’m running. I’m not a politician, I’m a businessman, and I’m a father and grandfather. I’m running for my kids and all kids who face an uncertain future, with a shrinking job market. For kids in school, for example, I’d want to make Pell grants more available, more affordable.”

And he is for not cutting programs that would help veterans be retrained for the existing marketplace. But he would scrutinize the defense budget, he said, and even Obamacare — which he would have voted for, although he doesn’t like every aspect of it.

“There is a ton of operational waste in government, and that’s where I’d start,” Scollo said.

Scollo said he is for protecting Medicare and increasing job opportunities for students when they get out of school. “I’ve done job design for major corporations, and I’ve mentored kids,” he said.

Scollo has come out with a jobs plan.“First,” he said, “do no harm. Don’t take away jobs that you already have. We have to restore the manufacturing base. We have to simplify our tax code and re-examine regulations that might impede growth.”

He would close some tax loopholes and also extend the research and development tax credit program.

With less than three weeks to the general election, and with his opponent having four times as much cash on hand to spend on ads, Scollo nevertheless is optimistic. “We’ll be out there a lot, talking to people, going to schools and talking, veterans groups.”

“Look,” he said, “I’m an average person just trying to make a difference.”

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