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PTCC Update

17 December 2013

Friends,

We’ve had an exciting few weeks as Senate Bill 76, the Property Tax Independence Act, gained two more co-sponsors, Sen. Shirley Kitchen (D-3) and Sen. Christine Tartaglione (D-2), both from Philadelphia. We are grateful to these Senators for supporting property tax independence and thank them for standing up for Pennsylvania taxpayers. With the addition of these two Senators the total co-sponsor count in the Senate is 26, 13 Republican and 13 Democrat, a terrific bipartisan show of support and a clear Senate majority where 25 votes are needed for passage. The list of all Senate and House co-sponsors is available here.

Technical amendments to SB 76 to ensure that the legislation’s language is absolutely accurate are currently being drafted and should be completed shortly. We anticipate a Finance Committee vote on SB 76 in January.

On another bright note, we have excellent support from major organizations across the state. The Apartment Association of Pennsylvania is fully on board with the plan, the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau has added its backing, and probably the most active supporter is the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors®, an organization that is putting forth a huge effort to inform taxpayers and to add more Senate co-sponsors.

Over the past few weeks the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors® has added the Real Reform 76 website, posted YouTube videos, grown a strong Facebook presence, run TV spots in select markets and in the past few weeks has sent out more than 200,000 mailers to voters in districts where Senators are not on board with SB 76. Click on the thumbnail image at the left to see a larger version of one of the mailers.

Please check their website, RealReform76.com, where you can find a list of supporting Senators, a very simple form for you to send a message of support to your Senator, their recent television advertisement for Senate Bill 76, and much more useful information.

Chuck Liedike, Campaign Manager for Real Reform 76, has drafted Letter to the Editor templates that are free for you to use anywhere in Pennsylvania. In order for Senate Bill 76 to pass, we need you to make your voice heard and Letters to the Editor will get our message out! If you wish, Chuck can email the templates to you and can assist you in getting your Letter to the Editor published in your local paper. You can email Chuck at chuck@realreform76.com or you can download the templates from the PTCC website as an MS Word file here or as a plain text file here.

Finally, Dave Phillips, CEO of the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors®, has done a terrific YouTube video presentation that explains why SB 76, the Property Tax Independence Act, is the best solution to Pennsylvania’s runaway school property tax problem. Please take a few minutes to watch the video below. Click the box icon in the lower right of the frame to view the video full screen.


Our sincere thanks go to the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors® and other supporting groups for standing with the grassroots effort in helping to make property tax independence a reality.

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On December 10 the Senate Republican and Democrat Policy Committees held a joint SB 76 hearing in Harrisburg. This hearing was unprecedented and, unfortunately, the media did not give such a significant event the coverage it deserved.

Policy Committees are exclusive to their individual parties and are, by their very nature, somewhat adversarial because the two parties generally have opposing views on the issues. To see both policy committees publicly join together as they did to study an issue as important as school property tax elimination is remarkable. As Democrat Policy Committee Chair Senator Lisa Boscola said, “Reforming this system is not a Democratic issue; it’s not a Republican issue. It's a homeowner issue.”

To make the hearing even more exceptional, a member of the House – Representative Jim Cox – was invited to sit on the panel with the Senators. I don’t believe I have EVER seen that kind of bicameral cooperation.

And to top it off, members from both parties were relentless in their criticism of the special interests that attended to spew their superficial and self-serving opposition to grassroots legislation that would benefit ALL Pennsylvanians.

Maybe it’s because the lawmakers are finally starting to realize that the taxpayers are fed up with partisan bickering or, more likely, they understand that property taxes are an issue that affect everyone, regardless of political ideology, and that the problem will not be solved without cooperation from all sides. No matter the reason, the hearing was beyond impressive and all of the lawmakers who were involved in arranging and participating in the hearing deserve our thanks. Please take a few moments to call, email, or write to the lawmakers who were involved in the hearing to let them know that you are thankful for what they accomplished – they deserve our gratitude.

Click here to read the Committees’ joint press release. Click the window below to see a video replay of the hearing. Click the box icon in the lower right of the frame to view the video full screen.


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As you can tell from the news in this Update, SB 76 is moving along nicely and I am more hopeful now than I have even been during the ten years I’ve been working for this cause. We cannot, however, afford to relax. Your participation is needed more than ever.

The most important thing you can do to help is to spread the word about SB 76 in any way possible; public awareness and grassroots support is vital to having SB 76 enacted. Have folks visit the PTCC Web page to learn about the legislation and ask them to spread the word, too.

If you aren't already a member, please join the PTCC Facebook page here. The page now has more than 2,300 members and there's always a lively discussion, the latest news, and many thoughts on how you can help.

The PTCC website has a "How can I help" section that features a number of ways to get involved and share the message. The page is available from the link in the right column of any PTCC Web page.

On the RealReform76 website you can send messages to Senators and get other advice on how to help. Real Reform 76 also can provide a speaker to educate local groups about SB 76 if you'd care to arrange a meeting in your community. You can contact Chuck Liedike at the email link above.

That’s all for now. Remember, working together, we CAN make property tax independence a reality for all Pennsylvanians.

Thank you so much for your help in this critical cause. It is greatly appreciated.

David Baldinger
PTCC Administrator

 

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