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Senator Rich Alloway
New Independent Report Details Impact of Wolf Tax Increases
Although Governor Wolf campaigned on the promise of tax relief for middle class families, a recent non-partisan analysis of his budget plan paints a very different picture. A detailed report by the Independent Fiscal Office confirmed what most local residents already feared -- the Wolf tax plan would increase the financial burden on every income group in Pennsylvania.
Facing a growing chorus of criticism regarding his unworkable budget plan, the Wolf Administration has doubled down by refusing to acknowledge the consequences of raising taxes by approximately $12 billion over the next two years. The governor's approach would only lead to local residents paying higher taxes while receiving scant benefits in return for their investment.
Equally troubling is the fact that the budget fails to address the most serious cost-driver that threatens state and local taxpayers. Local property tax increases have been directly tied to teacher pension costs, and skyrocketing payments for state employee pensions have devoured a growing share of tax dollars in the state budget, preventing investments in proven programs that benefit our communities. If we fail to address the pension crisis, this burden will only grow more painful for taxpayers in the years to come.
There is an old adage that the first step in getting out of any hole is to stop digging. This advice is particularly instructive in dealing with the pension problem at the state and local levels.
The governor's plan was designed to provide additional resources for education and property tax relief, which are priorities shared by many lawmakers. However, education funding would be distributed through a formula that is in serious need of reform, while property tax cuts would only be temporary and primarily targeted to school districts represented by the governor's political allies. In both cases, local communities would get the short end of the stick.
Simply throwing money at problems rarely results in a solution. In the case of state government, this approach frequently only results in even more expensive problems. Instead of searching for ways to separate taxpayers from more of their money, I am hopeful that the governor will come together with lawmakers to find a better way forward.
Concealed Carry Seminar Scheduled for May 9 in Waynesboro
Over the past several months, I have hosted a number of local concealed carry seminars designed to educate community residents on issues pertaining to gun ownership and help responsible gun owners apply for and receive permits. I invite community residents to join me and Representative Paul Schemel for the next concealed carry seminar on May 9 in Waynesboro.
The seminar will be held at Waynesboro Fish and Game Club, located at 10205 Fish and Game Road. The seminar will run from 10 a.m. until noon. These events have been extremely popular in the past, so an RSVP is required. To reserve your spot, please contact my Chambersburg district office at (717) 264-6100. You can also register for the event on my website at www.senatoralloway.com.
Upcoming Seminar Focuses on Identity Theft
Identity theft is one of the fastest-growing crimes in the country, and there is no shortage of ways for criminals to access the personal and financial information of potential victims. To help educate local residents about the dangers of identity theft and ways to prevent fraud, I will host an educational seminar in Shippensburg on May 19.
The seminar will be held from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the Branch Creek Place Senior Center, located at 115 North Fayette Street.
Jerry Mitchell from the Pennsylvania Attorney Generalís office will explain how thieves target victims and explain the best ways for consumers to protect their assets. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions during and after the seminar, and all participants will receive a booklet that includes additional information on how to avoid identity theft.
Seating will be limited. To RSVP for this event, please visit my website at
call my office at (717) 264-6100.