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There is no way to reverse exodus

| Wednesday, May 18, 2005

To the editor:

The U.S. Census Bureau's projections of population and economic growth for Pennsylvania over the next 25 years are dismal at best. The Census bureau predicts Pennsylvania will continue to lag far behind other states in population growth. And, with the rising costs of government exceeding the paltry population growth, it means more taxes will be heaped upon those remaining here.

No proposal or legislation introduced or already passed in Harrisburg will have any substantial impact on this pathetic growth forecast. While the governor and legislative leaders scrounge around for ideas to raise more money to feed the insatiable monster called government, it is time for visionaries to step forward with something -- anything, that can jump start our state and get it growing again.

STOP's (Stop Taxing Our Property) Primary Residence Protection Plan does just that.

-- It would create huge economic development growth in every city, town and rural area of the state.

-- It would generate tens of thousands of real, private sector jobs.

-- It would reverse the exodus of our people, and cause people to come to Pennsylvania to establish their homes for themselves and their families.

-- It would cut the size and cost of governments across the state by tens of millions of dollars.

-- It would make Pennsylvania a very desirable place to buy or build a home and live in it.

-- It would save the state lottery fund 63 million dollars a year, permitting expansion of the rent rebate, PACE or other needed programs. Act 72 is likely to take the lottery fund away.

What one change in our state would make Pennsylvania so attractive that it could accomplish what is listed above• What one phrase would excite people about considering

Pennsylvania for themselves and their families?

A tax free home forever.

Think what an impact those words would have on people's attitudes toward Pennsylvania. Move here, establish your family here, or stay here, and your primary residence would be totally free of school, county and municipal taxes.

Answer this question with a simple yes or no: Would such a proposal be attractive to everyone from young families with children, to retirees• Of course it would. And when we begin attracting and retaining people (rather than driving them away as we are now....we create economic activity. There can be no sustained economic or business growth without customers.

We can all hope a whole group of big corporations are going to move into Pennsylvania and hire tens of thousands of people at great wages. But the chances of that happening are not that great. In fact, we are losing corporations and good jobs here -- not gaining them.

But, we need to do something now to keep people and the businesses that serve them here and attract more. The STOP Primary Residence Protection Plan does that.

Pass it and watch the national reaction. It will give Pennsylvania tremendous positive publicity.

Pass it and watch people who have been reluctant to improve their homes, or build a new one, change their attitudes and hire people and buy materials to make those mprovements.

Pass it and you immediately begin to change the whole dynamics of how families and individuals look at Pennsylvania.

Pass it and watch more people begin to buy homes -- including older housing stock and rebuild communities.

Pass it and help families create real wealth through home ownership. Wealth that can be passed on to their children, and more of that wealth kept here.

Now we are investing our money in schools to educate our kids so they can move elsewhere and generate economic activity for some other state.

This plan and its objectives are very easy to understand. Everyone can understand the words tax free home. The reaction would be positive, enthusiastic, and exciting for our communities, school districts, counties and state.

Just pass it and let the growth and progress begin! Learn more at Please pass this message onto everyone you can, especially any government officials on all levels, including your legislators and the governor.

Alene Bednar

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