Thursday, June 07, 2007

Tony Phyrillas: The people who brought you Act 1

The people of Pennsylvania sent a strong message to Harrisburg last month when voters in 490 of 498 school districts rejected the Act 1 tax-shift scheme proposed by Gov. Ed Rendell and the majority of the Pennsylvania Legislature.

Until Act 1 is repealed and the Legislature passes genuine property tax relief, voters must hold their elected representatives accountable.

You can start with the lawmakers who supported Act 1. The Pennsylvania House passed legislation that led to Act 1 by a 137 to 61 margin. The state Senate approved the measure by a 40 to 9 margin.

House members have to run for re-election every two years, so they face the voters again in 208. Senate members run every four years, but only half the Senate will be on the ballot next year.

In Berks, Chester and Montgomery counties, the following state representatives voted in favor of Act 1:

David G. Argall (R-124)
Tom Caltagirone (D-127)
Kate Harper (R-61)
Art Hershey (R-13)
Daylin Leach (R-149)
Doug Reichley (R-134)
Carole Rubley (R-157)
Dante Santoni (D-126)
Josh Shapiro (D-153).

Until these legislators put their own selfish interests aside and start representing the will of constituents, think twice about re-electing them in 2008.

In the Senate, the following members who represent parts of Berks, Chester and Montgomery (and voted in favor of Act 1) face the voters in 2008:

Michael A. O’Pake (D-11)
Dominic Pileggi (R-9)
James J. Rhoades (R-29)
Connie Williams (D-17).

If you don't see your local legislator on the lists above and want to know how he or she voted on Act 1, drop me an an e-mail at and I'll get the information for you.

Tony Phyrillas

Tony Phyrillas is a columnist for The Mercury in Pottstown, Pa. He received a first place award for Best Opinion Column in 2007 by Suburban Newspapers of America. He was also honored for column writing in 2006 by the Society of Professional Journalists.

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1 comment:

James Babb said...

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Jim Babb
Libertarian Candidate for State Rep, District 157