I am running for State Senator to focus on returning the state to fiscal solvency. I will immediately introduce legislation to roll back the raises and associated retirement fund increases that legislators recently granted themselves while we weren't paying attention. I find it incredulous that in a time of spiraling inflation, spiking gas prices and economic uncertainty, they would take raises, ALL legislators must be on 401k retirement programs and unfunded retirement must end to stop adding to retirement program debt. I believe that legislative raises should be a ballot item.
We must repair the broken SERS and PSERS retirement systems, before they bankrupt the state.
I also want to increase funding to state and local police departments to provide better paid officers, hire an increased number of officers, and provide appropriate support staff. Shamefully, legislators are paid $94,000 plus exquisite benefits for 120 days/year work and full-time police are paid on the average of $55,000 yearly for full time work. If we are going to break the cycle of increased violence, we need to increase and improve our police services.
I will establish a voter ID law that will safeguard our elections, but is also equitable and fair allowing all those who desire, an opportunity to vote. We can safeguard elections, so they are free and fair and without the stigma of fraud.
The Harrisburg Legislature has been controlled by one party for the past twenty five years. A serious outcome of this continued bicameral control by one party is a monolithic body that is controlled by a small handful of committee chairs (many from Philadelphia and Pittsburgh) whose prime directive is continued controll and re-election of their members. Last year alone 4200 bills were introduced but only 270 were allowed out of committe. All but 40 dealt with naming buildings, highways and bridges. Good bills that dealt with property taxes, school funding, increase in minimum wage and red flag laws were killed in committe. Raising their pay by $5000 and increasing retirement was one bill that got out of committe for sure. It’s time for a changed and sweep the “overlords” out.
We must return to the days of working together to benefit Pennsylvania!