Politics

Editor's Note:

Didn't this go to referendum 2 years ago?

 

(The Center Square) – A bicameral pair of lawmakers proposed a constitutional amendment on Thursday ending the collection of school property taxes.

Sen. John DiSanto, R-New Bloomfield, and Rep. Perry Stambaugh, R-New Bloomfield, said Senate Bill 424 and House Bill 927 – if passed in two consecutive sessions – would allow voters to decide if the General Assembly should replace the levy with a combination of state and local sales and income taxes.

Monday, 08 March 2021 08:52

PA Budget Hearings Conclude - 2021

(via Rosemary Brown)

Department of Human Services

On Wednesday, we met with officials from the Department of Human Services for a two-part budget hearing focused on health and human services programs as well as budget cost requests. During our exchange, the secretary made a concerning statement – that in order to receive federal dollars, we must keep Pennsylvanians on state government programs. I expressed my strong concerns about this statement in the video below.

(via Rosemary Brown)

House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin) has announced plans to have the House Government Oversight Committee investigate the Wolf administration’s handling of nursing homes and other senior and long-term care facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, roughly half of all COVID-19 deaths in Pennsylvania are attributable to nursing homes. Questions remain about data reporting related to nursing homes and especially about a March 18 order from the Department of Health requiring nursing home readmissions from hospitals of COVID-19-positive patients, among other things. This order was even stronger than the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance regarding this issue.

Tuesday, 02 March 2021 12:35

Lockdown is Over?

Has anyone else seen these "Lockdown Over March 1st" graphics floating around? Do they have any real traction?

Blockchain has served as an effective Bitcoin platform "ledger" for a variety reasons: since 2009 it has proven resistant to tampering and hacking, it is decentralized, trackable, auditable, and open.  Instead of calling for a "recount" when races are close, a Blockchain-based vote counting solution would allow for accurate, real-time vote counting.  

However, is it going to work? And How?  
(I am seriously asking for help so please post a comment below if you can help sort this out!)

Two conflicting articles below:

(1) is the patent from USPTO issued to the USPS to build the system Feb 7, 2020
(2) is an article from MIT released on 11/6/2020 saying that it won't work.

Which is it!?

Tuesday, 23 February 2021 16:35

Planet Lockdown: Katherine Austin Fitts

Catherine was a young, talented investment banker appointed U.S. Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under father George Bush. In that insider position, she had a rude awakening as her positive initiatives were deviously and systematically undermined by the very superiors who had assigned her tasks, witnessing firsthand corruption at the highest levels. That set her on a course of digging into the Big Picture of what is really going on here. In 1998, she founded Solari, Inc., an investment advisory firm to "build real wealth in the wider economy,” She heads a team with a broad global reach now, and is one of the voices exposing the agenda and working on solutions. This recent interview provides another lens into what's going on.

April 30, 1992

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to ensure that the United States achieves the most beneficial economic use of its resources, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Definitions. For purposes of this order: (a) "Privatization" means the disposition or transfer of an infrastructure asset, such as by sale or by long-term lease, from a State or local government to a private party.

(b) "Infrastructure asset" means any asset financed in whole or in part by the Federal Government and needed for the functioning of the economy. Examples of such assets include, but are not limited to: roads, tunnels, bridges, electricity supply facilities, mass transit, rail transportation, airports, ports, waterways, water supply facilities, recycling and wastewater treatment facilities, solid waste disposal facilities, housing, schools, prisons, and hospitals.

A recent CNBC news report detailed the stories behind the 18,000 businesses that have left California in recent years to find refuge in states with more business-friendly tax and regulatory laws. It begs the question – why aren’t these businesses relocating to Pennsylvania?

Thursday, 18 February 2021 21:52

Libertarian!

Taxes

If Americans want to give money to the government for one reason or another, they should be free to do so. If Americans prefer to spend their money on other things, then they should be free to do that also.

Note: This article was originally posted on BarrettCommunity.com

 

My opinion is that the Local Services tax should be repealed because it drives away business and makes it harder to attract workers in Barrett Township:

Background - State Level:

  • The Local Tax Enabling Act of 1965 allowed Second Class Townships to collect Occupational Privilege Taxes
  • In 2004, the Local Tax Enabling Act was amended to allow for collecting "Emergency and Municipal Services Taxes"

Background - Locally:

  • In 2005, ordinance 141 was passed, known as "Emergency and Municipal Services Tax"
  • In 2007 it was renamed "Local Services Tax" when ordinance #155 was passed.
Monday, 15 February 2021 11:05

Can residents own their internet provider?

Friends and Neighbors - I want to share the following information about a small town near Westfield, Massachusetts that built their own fiber optic internet service. Would something like this benefit the people of Barrett Township?

The City of Westfield has been home to an experiment, of sorts, in which municipal internet has been made available to a majority of the homes in the city. Westfield Gas and Electric (WG&E) has developed its own ISP to give residents a choice for internet service beyond the monopoly of a private ISP.

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  • “The refusal of King George to allow the colonies to operate an honest money system, which freed the ordinary man from clutches of the money manipulators was probably the prime cause of the revolution.”

    - Benjamin Franklin

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