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Monday, August 25, 2014

Naming names in the war on property taxes in Pennsylvania

It's time to start naming names in the war on property taxes, and I do it here, in this week's rant. We've been talking about property tax reform for so long I can now type property tax reform with my eyes closed. Unfortunately, our elected officials don't seem to care about how long we've been talking about. Why should they when they know they have a few more years in office to mull it over. But guess what, those years are up, at least for our House members, and for half the state Senate.

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Pennsylvania property tax 'mistake'

Sometimes something you do wrong can lead to something right. With my vow to keep the pressure on our state legislators to address property tax reform, I was trying to come up with a theme for this week's column. A mistake I made in last week's column was weighing on me, and then it hit me what a huge mistake connecting property taxes to public education was when it was first conceived, which led me to this week's rant. Only back then property taxes really didn't affect that many people because the cost to educate a child was so low. Those were the days!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Wedding bells and newspapers, a match made in heaven

Something happened at the wedding of Nik Bucha and Amanda Culp that brought a smile to my face, and no I didn't catch the garter belt. Find out what happened right here!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Stall tactics won't work with property tax reform

If you were a betting person, where would you put the odds of property tax relief actually happening this year? I am a betting man, and I'm will to go out on a limb and say it will happen this year. There is more support for reform now than there has been in the past decade, so we need our elected officials to get it done this year. In this week's rant I talk about how we all try to get out of doing things, like taking out the trash. This is one issue we should not let our state legislators get away with not doing. That is, if they want to be our state legislators next year.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Advice to graduates; wear sunscreen...and vote

There's a lot of good advice floating around for seniors just getting ready to either make their way in the world or make their way into college. In this week's rant I dispense what I believe to be some very sound advice, with one specific admonition...vote!

Monday, June 2, 2014

What's the difference between a pension plan and a Ponzi scheme?

As I wrote in my column, don't answer. It's a trick question. In this week's rant I talk, half jokingly, about the differences between a Ponzi scheme and our taxpayer funded state pensions in PA. Personally, I think we're all being hoodwinked. What do you think?

Monday, May 26, 2014

Now's the time to bring the property tax reform heat in PA

With the primary in our rear view mirror, it's time to start demanding answers from those who want to be elected, and from those already in office. When and how will property tax reform take shape? That's it. Nothing else. Not if, when. In my latest rant I'm sounding the bell. It's not personal. It's business. Let's take care of it now.