When we vote our lawmakers into office, we expect them to lead us into a stronger, brighter future. We expect them to make the decisions that will benefit society as a whole, not for the benefit of themselves. For the past three and a half years, Gov. Tom Corbett has made the tough decisions necessary to build a stronger Pennsylvania by restoring fiscal discipline and common sense in Harrisburg. He has repeatedly called for the General Assembly to enact meaningful pension reform so the burden of high taxes can be lifted off the backs of hard-working Pennsylvanians.
The pension crisis is a primary reason why property taxes on Pennsylvania homeowners climb higher and higher. Last year, 99.4 percent of 163 school districts requesting permission to raise property taxes more than a permitted amount cited the cost of pensions as the reason. Hard-working Pennsylvanians are losing their homes because Harrisburg refuses to say no to the special interests that profit off these taxes. Enough is enough!
I am proud of Gov. Corbett for standing up to others in Harrisburg and their special-interest friends with his line-item veto to the General Assembly’s “rainy day” fund. We didn’t elect him to play ball with the Harrisburg insiders but to make a difference for present and future Pennsylvanians. Now it’s time for the General Assembly to step up and get pension reform done.