Share This Page

Bad for Pennsylvanians

| Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, 8:57 p.m.

Emperor Corbett continues to take Pennsylvania backward, one cloaked-in-darkness deal with Big Business at a time. His tax on gas stations will directly impact the average citizen, who will in turn pay higher prices at the pump. We will do this with less money in our pockets from higher local taxes because of this administration and his “no tax” pledge. A tax by another name is still a tax.

This governor promised jobs and has single-handedly taken away more than 1,500 family-sustaining jobs in recent weeks with closure plans for two prisons and a youth development center. Thousands more jobs will be lost when he privatizes the state stores and the lottery — both generate huge profits for the elderly and state coffers. Now, Big Business will fill those positions with low-paying jobs with no benefits while the CEOs will pull in astronomical bonuses — money that could be used for the citizens of the commonwealth.

This governor does not care what the Legislature thinks or what we, as citizens, think. He makes moves without due process, without waiting for a hearing and without the input of each of us. His cuts will hurt the elderly, the poor, our children and the disabled. But Big Business will continue to own our state a little bit more each day and will continue to profit from the “Delaware loophole” and huge tax breaks by this governor.

We don't need or want an emperor who rides on the magic carpet with Big Business. This emperor doesn't need new shoes, he needs a new home.

Kathy Jellison

Harrisburg

The writer is president of Service Employees International Union Local 668.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.