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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Rep. Marty Causer Updates News From The State Capitol


Capitol Update

April 20, 2012

The latest news from the State Capitol

Voter ID Law to be Phased in for Primary Election

Voters who go to the polls on Tuesday for the April 24 primary election will be asked to present photo identification under a new state law. However, photo ID is NOT REQUIRED to vote in this election.
Voters will be required to present photo ID at the Nov. 6 general election. People who arrive at the polls in November without valid ID will have the opportunity to vote by provisional ballot and present identification within six days to the appropriate county board of elections.

Aimed at preventing voter fraud, Act 18 of 2012 requires registered voters to present valid photo identification every time they appear to vote and also requires those using absentee ballots to submit proof of identification. Valid forms of identification must include a name, photo and expiration date. A driver’s license or identification card issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, military identification cards, cards issued by an accredited Pennsylvania higher education institution and licensed long-term care facility all will be accepted.

While I do not believe we have a voter fraud problem locally, there are documented cases of it in other areas of the state. When one person casts a fraudulent vote, it cancels out another person’s legitimate vote. Requiring voters to present a photo ID can help ensure the validity of our elections.

For more information about the law,
visit my website.

Area Schools Earn Grants to Boost Literacy

Four area school districts recently received more than $1.9 million in funding from the federal government to promote literacy efforts.

The grants were awarded through the Keystones to Opportunity grant program, which supports efforts to improve literacy outcomes for all children, including disadvantaged students, students who have limited proficiency in English, and students with disabilities.

The grants were awarded as follows:
• Austin Area School District – $276,518
• Bradford Area School District – $879,250
• Otto-Eldred School District – $307,985
• Port Allegany School District – $452,548
Property Tax Debate Continues

2. Lawmaker Introduces Property Tax Elimination LegislationProperty taxes, particularly school property taxes, are a frustration for homeowners throughout the state. Recently, two bills to address school property taxes were introduced in the state House.

House Bill 1776, known as the Property Tax Independence Act seeks to eliminate school property taxes and replace the revenue by increasing the state’s Personal Income Tax (PIT) from 3.07 percent to 4 percent, eliminating some exemptions from the state sales tax, and raising the sales tax rate from 6 percent to 7 percent.

House Bill 2230 would allow counties to enact a 1 percent sales tax at the county level through voter referendum. It also would give counties, municipalities and school districts the ability to levy either a PIT or Earned Income Tax (EIT) as a replacement for property taxes. Under this plan, local governments would have the option to either eliminate or reduce property taxes with the added revenue.

House Bill 1776 is before the House Finance Committee. House Bill 2230 was approved by the committee and is awaiting action in the full House.

11 comments :

Kate said...

Are you toying with me? How likely are these to pass?

Anonymous said...

Hey Marty, this voter ID law is a crock of baloney. How do you sleep at night after helping disenfranchise residents of your state?

jim said...

It would be nice, that way everyone would pay. Also it would lift a big problem to come up with a big sum of money. I say yes.....

Anonymous said...

Look at your real estate tax bill. School taxes are the largest part. The income or sales tax idea would relieve the burden of this.

I am unemployed and recieve NO UNEMPLOYMENT and live off my meger savings. My property (school) taxes are outrageous on my well kept home. Meanwhile my neighbor down the road lets his house look like a local recycling yard. His taxes are a fraction of mine and he has more money then brains and lives 1/2 a year in FL. He lets his house look like 8hit so his taxes are lower.

Now, how is that fair?

Anonymous said...

I know living in the Austin borough my taxes are crazy high for what little property i have. As far as the voter ID law you need ID for everything else why shouldn't you have to prove who you are to vote?

jim said...

Would be a great thing. Everyone pays....

Anonymous said...

How come Coudersport Schools are not receiving any money?

Anonymous said...

If you can't afford to stay in your house, sell it. No one wants to hear your whining about taxes.

Anonymous said...

I say do away with the school portion of property tax, this way everyone would contribute IF a 1% is added on purchases not just home owners!

And we should all be proud to show our ID to vote, proud to be an american, proud of the brave men and women that protect this country. AND if you are here and should not be because you do not have ID, then get out!

Anonymous said...

The whole premise behind voter ID laws is to disenfranchise likely democratic voters. And that's un-American.

It's true. There is NO EVIDENCE EVER FOUND that voter impersonation has ever caused any problem whatsoever in any election ever.

Elections are thrown by election insiders. Ballot box stuffing, Voter Caging, this is how you throw an election. Not individual voters or 1 or 2 votes. This has never been shown to impact an election.

I'm a registered Libertarian and I find these laws that are designed to make it harder to vote extremely troublesome. IMHO, if PA insists on doing this, they need to ensure any and all legal voters do have the required ID at no charge before enforcing this.

Unless they can guarantee that, I see it as just another republican power grab and shame on you who dismiss this merely because it doesn't affect you personally.

Anonymous said...

What our republican brethren are doing is attempting to encode into law something that's been illegal for decades. It's called voter caging.

http://www.brennancenter.org/content/resource/a_guide_to_voter_caging/

It's shameful, they can't win an election without cheating, so they work for a decade or more to change the rules to permit their once banned cheats.