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  1. Gov. Wolf's plan to save $10 billion over 24 years. He's on the right track maintaining most of the status quo policies.
  2. The plans advanced by Republicans in the House and Senate that involve a move to a 401(k) plan for new employees, with payments into that plan helping pay down the debt significantly.
  3. Any plan that begins to pay down the pension debt before it swallows up future state budgets, as long as elected officials are included in whatever plan is passed.
  1. Yes, Pennsylvania has the largest full-time Legislature in the nation and, as a result, it's too unwieldy to solve problems with necessary legislation.
  2. No, reducing the number of elected representatives will make it harder to get adequate responses to constituent questions and needs and will transfer the power into too few hands.
  1. Yes, she is their best candidate by far and is a viable woman candidate.
  2. No, the chinks in her armor are just starting to show and will become more pronounced when the election heats up.
  1. It's a lot of allegations that are always being made against the Clintons that ultimately cannot be proved.
  2. Ms. Clinton should have separated herself from all foundation business when she became secretary of state and the foundation should have stopped taken the contributions due to the appearance of dangerous conflict. This is why she is not qualified to be th
  3. I am trying to keep an open mind, but the number of suspect dealings that seem to follow the Clintons, including Hillary, can't all be coincidence and a political witchhunt. It's very unsettling.
  1. Much better off, in large part because of the consciousness raised by Earth Day, which led to stronger protections of the environment, recycle and stricter regulations regarding water and air quality.
  2. Worse off because we haven't fundamentally changed the way we live our lives in reference to the environment. We eventually will destroy the only Earth we've been given if we don't change.
  3. Better off, but we are strangling our businesses with unnecessary regulation that is the result of a false alarm climate change movement.
  1. Yes, a local election with important party nominations to consider is the purest form of our democratic right to vote.
  2. No, there is nothing of importance in these party nominations for me to consider.
  3. Yes, I always vote, no matter what the situation.
  4. No, I have lost faith that my vote matters regarding future elected leadership.
  1. Yes, the agreement sets back Iran's nuclear plans for more than a decade and allows unprecedented verification that it is not revving up to nuclear weapon capability.
  2. No, there's no reason to trust Iran, given its track record and no way to really know that it is following the terms of the accord. This is an unbelievably irresponsible agreement for no apparent reason.
  1. The industry is in excellent shape and well-equipped to pay the severance tax Gov. Wolf is pushing for.
  2. The industry is dealing with a depressed price market and has reduced drilling activity. A severance tax prompt it to look at more favorable tax climates in neighboring states such as Ohio.
  3. Given today's prices, the tax won't generate the $1 billion Gov. Wolf is claiming and the impact fee structure now in place should be maintained, keeping the majority of revenues flowing to regions where the gas industry activity is happening.
  1. Good idea, we need the school property tax reduction and more funding for our local schools.
  2. Bad idea, there's no guarantee the property tax reduction will be permanent, no guarantee that more funding is needed or will produce a better public education product.
  3. It shouldn't be considered until we hear, for the first time, plans from this governor that don't involve increasing taxes.
  1. No, the use of personal email for her Secretary of State affairs is being overblown and is no indicator of her potential as the leader of our country.
  2. Yes, the problem, at the least, shows her continued lack of judgment and, frankly, represents a violation of the email protocol that was supposed to rule her position.
  1. Yes, that's what's needed to erase the state's deficit and increase funding to public education, which is needed.
  2. No, the spending increase is inexcusable when the state is running a deficit, the severance tax will scare off gas companies, we already spend plenty on public education and residents can't afford the other tax increases.
  3. The public education funding boost is needed, but it must be accomplished by finding other areas of the state budget to cut funding so that the overall spending does not increase.
  1. It's a bad idea, especially since the state already has an effective impact fee structure, the industry is currently slumping and increases the possibility they will leave the state for more favorable alternatives.
  2. It's a good idea. The industries can afford it, other states have a gas severance tax and pumping the money into public education is wise.
  3. It is a bad idea especially because the money will go to Harrisburg rather than the communities that are nurturing the gas industry.
  1. Yes, we all have a responsibility to make sure our children are not carrying contagious sicknesses.
  2. No, parents have first rights over the bodies of their children.
  1. It's entirely their responsibility.
  2. This has been imposed by the federal government so the federal government and perhaps state government should pay for most of the cost.
  3. In a perfect world, local non-profits and private entities should help pay for some of the cost, the municipalities should pay for some of it and the state and federal government should pay for some of it.
  1. Yes.
  2. No.
  3. I get a mixed reading. I am not doing personally better but parts of the economic system seem to be improving.
  1. The Republican Congress, they have to prove they havereally problem-solving legilsation to offer and aren't just "the party of no."
  2. President Obama, he has an obligation to work with what Congress presents to him.
  3. Both, Congress has to send the president reasonable legislation that solves real problems and has broad support and the president has to do more than just veto everything he is sent.
  1. There's nothing wrong with the appointment as long as he is the most qualified applicant and his stepfather had no involvement in the decision.
  2. There's nothing wrong with the appointment but the appearance of nepotism is hard to avoid, no matter how clean and above-board the decision making process by council.
  3. It's pure nepotism.
  1. This is overdue action rectifying a wrong. Coach Paterno was incorrectly scapegoated in the Sandusky case.
  2. The vacating of the wins should stand. As assistant coach under Paterno's watch was convicted of sexually abusing children, some of them on campus, and Coach Paterno did not do enough after being given indications there was something wrong being done.
  3. It's OK the wins are being restored, but the gloating by some Penn State supporters does not reflect the values of humility and sportsmanship espoused and taught by Coach Paterno.
  1. It's a great idea and most other states have the gas severance tax, so it's the way to go.
  2. It's the wrong approach. The gas impact fees are benefitting areas, including ours, where the drilling is occurring. The gas severance tax will get sent into the state's General Fund and our area will not benefit from the revenues.
  3. I am OK with the tax if the law is written so that our area will receive the same or greater benefit from natural gas revenues as it does not now and maintain flexibility in how to use those funds.
  1. A reduction in and events portending the defeat of world terrorism.
  2. A thriving American and world economy.
  3. Less division and more action based on bipartisan consensus among political leaders in Washington.
  4. A continuation in the trend of increasing American energy independence, which would reduce the impact of our foreign policy concerns and help the consumer health of all our citizens.
 
 
 
 
 

 

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