The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


August 8, 2010

Election considerations

It's no big secret that Pennsylvania has serious financial problems and that they will only get worse in the next year or two. It's also no secret that middle-class families and workers are already overburdened and overtaxed.

It's time now for both gubernatorial candidates, Tom Corbett and Dan Onorato, to lay out their plans to deal with this financial mess. Voters have a right to know before they go to the polls what their plans include.

Will the candidates support a constitutional convention to legalize a much-needed graduated income tax and then support taxing those who can afford to pay higher taxes?

Will they maintain funding for education at present levels or make cuts that will force local school districts to raise unfair property taxes or make cuts in activities, sports teams, and/or academic programs?

Would they support revising or repealing the electric choice law?

Would they cut state facilities, like the Selinsgrove Center, or keep them open? Cutting a few state cars won't solve the problem and asking voters to wait for their budget ideas until after they take office just isn't reasonable.

If either of the candidates is not willing to take a stand for the people of Pennsylvania before the election, then the people of Pennsylvania shouldn't support that candidate in November.

David L. Faust,


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