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PTCC Update

29 May 2013

Friends,

Today’s Update is to bring you up to date on the current status of the Property Tax Independence Act, to offer some suggestions on how you can help, and includes a schedule of upcoming events.

The Senate version of the Property Tax Independence Act, SB 76, is in the Senate Finance Committee awaiting action; we do not have information on when the bill might move. SB 76 currently has 20 co-sponsors, 55% Republican and 45% Democrat, a terrific demonstration of bipartisan support. Assuming that all co-sponsors remain committed and actually vote for the bill on the Senate floor, we need only six more votes for passage in the Senate. The SB 76 prime sponsors - Senators Argall, Folmer, Schwank, and Yudichak - are having one-on-one meetings with their colleagues to enlist more support and we thank them for their unwavering efforts.

The House version of the Property Tax Independence Act, HB 76, is in the House Finance Committee. HB 76 currently has 67 co-sponsors, 75% Republican and 25% Democrat, again a good bipartisan showing. The situation in the House Finance Committee is, however, a bit more complicated.

Majority Finance Committee Chairman Representative Kerry Benninghoff (R-171) has stated that he will not allow HB 76 from that committee for a full floor vote until it is approved by the Senate. This is a patently ridiculous stance; there is NO legitimate justification for this delay and no reason why the legislation cannot run independently from the Senate. Representative Benninghoff’s position is almost certainly driven by the House GOP leadership’s opposition to the legislation and by special interest influence. That legislation as crucial to the taxpayers of Pennsylvania as HB 76 can be stonewalled by a single individual makes a mockery of the legislative process and demonstrates utter contempt for the will of the people.

On Monday, June 3, the House Finance Committee will be holding an “Informational Meeting” for the sponsors of three property tax proposals to present their legislation to the committee. Included will be the bill we support, the Property Tax Independence Act; also HB 1189, a totally worthless and fraudulent local tax shift proposal introduced by Representative Seth Grove (R-196), the only purpose of which is to serve as a distraction from HB 76; and legislation by Representative Keith Gillespie (R-47) that will require a Constitutional Amendment - a long, uncertain process - and is another distraction. It is crucial that as many of you as possible attend this meeting to demonstrate your displeasure with this absurd dog-and-pony show and to protest the lack of progress on HB 76. I look forward to meeting you there.

Finance Committee Informational Meeting on Property Tax Reform
Monday, June 3, 10:30 AM
Room 60 East Wing

A link to the list of all current co-sponsors for both HB 76 and SB 76 is here. If your Representative or Senator is not on the list it is time for you to take action to let them know you expect them to support the Property Tax Independence Act!

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There is a new, professionally produced video available that outlines the property tax problem, its effect on Pennsylvania’s economy, and explains the details of Property Tax Independence Act. This video is the same presentation that that I’ve given in person many times throughout the state and will tell you all you need to know about this vital legislation. The video is available here. Please take a few minutes to watch this presentation so you can be well-informed about the plan and please share the link with your friends. You won’t regret it.

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Speaking of the Property Tax Independence Act presentation, I’ll be giving it live three times during the next few weeks. Please plan to attend if you live in one of these areas. Before you depart for any of these meetings, please check the PTCC website for cancellations or postponements. If this occurs they will be featured prominently on the home page. I hope to see you there!

Wednesday, June 5, 7:00 PM - Schuylkill County
Hosted by Schuylkill County Patriots
Pine View Acres
Chamberlain Avenue, Pottsville, PA 17901

Thursday, June 6, 7:00 PM - Luzerne and Lackawanna Counties
Hosted by Wilkes-Barre City Taxpayers Association and CAPTaxes
Kings’ College, McGowan Building Burke Auditorium
Corner of North River and West Union Streets, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711

Thursday, June 13, 7:00 PM - Wayne and Pike Counties
Hosted by Patriot Connectors
Wallenpaupack High School Library
2552 Rt. 6, Hawley, PA 18428

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Finally, please remember that the enactment of the Property Tax Independence Act is a grassroots initiative. This legislation was co-written by us, the people, and as such is an effort that is unique to Pennsylvania lawmaking. The Harrisburg leadership does not want our voices to be heard but WE WILL make them listen. Please spread the word about the Property Tax Independence Act and help to enlist other taxpayers in the fight. Tell everyone you know about the plan, have them visit the PTCC website for more information, forward this email as widely as possible. If you’re a Facebook subscriber please join the PTCC Facebook page. There’s always a lively discussion among the 1700+ members, the latest information, and tips that you can use to assist the effort. The PTCC Facebook page is here .

Take a few minutes to frequently call your Representative and Senator to let them know that you expect them to support and actively work for the enactment of HB 76 and SB 76. Accept NO excuses because, despite many of the false claims voiced by opponents of the legislation, there are NONE. We can win this - please help to get it done!

I’ll leave you with this thought from American anthropologist Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

As always, thank you for your ongoing help and support. It is truly appreciated.

David Baldinger
PTCC Administrator


 

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