Local districts will be stuck with transportation

State Sen. John H. Eichelberger Jr. and State Rep. John McGinnis get it about the need for the state pension reform and the Pennsylvania State Education Association.

Gov. Tom “I never saw a tax I didn’t like” Wolf’s plans to cut property taxes, raise other taxes and add new items to be taxed sounded like a good idea at first.

As it was pointed out, property taxes would most likely rise again unless there is wording that they can never be raised again.

I do not want to give Harrisburg more money until the corruption is dealt with and eliminated. Our commonwealth is ranked fifth in corruption. What a disgrace.

Public pensions need to be reformed now – yesterday would have been better. Those who hold public office should serve and not need to be taken care of for the rest of their lives. This should be dealt with in the pension reform package. Judges and other full-time positions should be considered independently.

Also Social Security should be factored into the formula of the pension reform.

Another scam being considered by the administration is to take away school-related block grants and put the money into the basic education fund. This will give an appearance of raising the basic educational funding without really raising overall educational funding.

Taxpayers had better watch out because student transportation is one of those block grants that will appear to be transferred.

Guess who will be stuck for the transportation of our students to school? Yep, the local school district and its taxpayers. This adds up to hundreds of millions in needed new revenue.

Willard J. Thompson

Duncansville