Corbett’s Desperation and Deceit

FactCheck, The Annenberg Public Policy Center, October 15, 2014

We’ve noticed that the most deceitful attack ads often come from candidates who are most desperate. For example, consider the claim by Pennsylvania’s unpopular Republican Gov. Tom Corbett that his opponent “is promising to raise middle-class taxes,” when in fact Democratic nominee Tom Wolf promises to cut them.

Wolf has proposed increasing the state’s income tax — but only for those making more than roughly $70,000 to $90,000 per year for individuals, or more than $140,000 to $180,000 for married couples. For the large majority of Pennsylvanians, whose incomes fall below those levels, Wolf proposes to reduce or eliminate the income tax.

Furthermore, Wolf also proposes to cut local property taxes, shifting more of the burden of financing schools to the state. That would be an additional benefit to homeowners…

read more at FactCheck

Alienating a State From East to West: Tom Corbett’s Troubled Tenure in Pennsylvania

By TOM FERRICK Jr., New York Times opinion, 10/20/14. Excerpt reminding us of one issue among many:

…Just as the governor was spending millions trying to convince voters that he is a solid, competent guy, out popped a revelation that state officials had a sort of an unofficial club that involved trading pornographic photos and videos. They did it using government emails on company time. How dumb is that?

It started while Mr. Corbett was attorney general, and it involved officials in his department, some of whom moved on to become aides and department heads when Mr. Corbett became governor. …

read the full analysis at New York Times

Governor Corbett’s Plan for Education – It’s not good for Pennsylvania’s children, parents and teachers!

from CCDC, 10/10/14

From the time he took office in early 2011, it’s clear that Tom Corbett had a very different plan for public education that matched the extreme agenda set forth by the Tea Party: starve public education, break teacher unions, kill state pensions, and privatize our schools with a voucher system….

read more at CCDC

Governor Corbett’s Plan for Education – It’s not good for Pennsylvania’s children, parents and teachers!

from CCDC, 10/10/14

From the time he took office in early 2011, it’s clear that Tom Corbett had a very different plan for public education that matched the extreme agenda set forth by the Tea Party: starve public education, break teacher unions, kill state pensions, and privatize our schools with a voucher system….

read more at CCDC

Barb—on hydrofracking and our water supply

As a former owner of a water conditioning company, I know how toxins can adversely affect the quality of our water supply.

Gas companies employing a form of drilling known as “hydrofracking” have contaminated PA’s water supply with benzene, toluene, formaldehyde and other dangerous contaminants in the process; dumped under-treated wastewater in rivers and streams from the Monongahela to Neshaminy Creek.

The drilling happening across Pennsylvania will continue to affect our environment as long as Pennsylvania allows gas companies to drill wherever they want. At this point, our Governor wants to take away a local municipality’s right to create zoning ordinances to curb fracking activity, and the legislature refuses to impose an impact fee on the gas industry to help pay for future environmental consequences. So once again, taxpayers will be left with the clean-up bill.

That’s why I signed a petition to The Pennsylvania State House, The Pennsylvania State Senate, and Governor Tom Corbett.

Will you sign this petition?

Please click and sign now:

http://signon.org/sign/demand-a-moratorium-on-1?source=s.em.mt&r_by=2033857

Thanks!
Barb
Barbara McIlvaine Smith