State Sen. Dominic Pileggi’s (R-9) bill freezing property taxes for homeowners over 65 years of age has been sitting around for a year but recently got some ink.
The bill is SB 299 and illustrates perfectly why most who understand economics and government are not really fans of the Senate Majority Leader.
Pennsylvania has a debt of $128.073 billion or about $10,000 per person of which $50 billion concerns its mismanaged pension systems.
Freezing the tax for senior citizens would shift the inevitable pay-up to newlyweds, and people with kids in college and the unemployed of which there are 344,989.
And of course, the small business owner whether he owns his shop or rents.
The question we ask is why the fear to address the root causes, which are rather obvious.
You do not need a constitutional amendment to repeal Act 195 of 1970 which granted public school teachers the right to strike giving the sociopathic types that gravitate to union leadership the legal right to threaten children for more money and power.
Nor is a constitutional amendment needed to end the prevailing wage mandate that adds 20 percent to the cost of public projects.
Nor should HB 1353, a bill that would change the pension plan for new public employees, be that difficult to pass.
State Rep. Steve Barrar (R-166), by the way, has informed us that his vote against HB 1353 was because it did not go far enough. He is pushing for a full 401 (k) type plan and not a hybrid one that would still allow some direct benefits.
He has a point. Why should public employees get direct benefits that most of us don’t other than Social Security for which none would begrudge the state workers from joining us in?
Should we really have to lose our homes or see our rents jacked up to pay for these goodies?