Voted against the last two Corbett budgets in part because of cuts to education funding. Believes the state needs to shoulder a larger share in funding education. Said state investment in transportation infrastructure is both necessary to prevent disaster and will create jobs. Supports cutting the state’s corporate income tax rate.
Supports Gov. Tom Corbett’s budget because it is balanced. Said state government cannot go back to deficit spending. The only answer to the state pension funding crisis is to increase the size of Pennsylvania’s economy, especially by building on the opportunities of the private energy sector.
Co-sponsored bills to reduce the size of the General Assembly and to hold a state constitutional convention, which would address issues such as reducing the size of the state Legislature and redistricting. Supports longer terms for state legislators but with term limits to move away from continual campaigning. Does not accept per diem payments; itemizes expenses instead. Does not support moving to a part-time legislature because it would give too much power to unelected administrators.
Believes in term limits. Supports moving to a part-time legislature and reducing the size of the state Legislature.
Supports a natural gas severance tax on par with those of other states. Voted against Act 13, the state impact fee law, which he felt does not adequately tax the industry. Believes impacted municipalities, including those on the borders of natural gas development such as Luzerne County, should be compensated, but also would use revenue to fund education. Supports tighter environmental regulation of the gas industry.
Does not believe in further taxing energy production in Pennsylvania. Believes government should encourage use of compressed natural gas vehicles by mandating gas companies build natural gas fueling stations, but would not provide government money to finance those stations. Believes state government, not the EPA, should have the final say in regulating the environmental impact of drilling, coal mining and other energy production.
ACT 13 ZONING PROVISIONS
Supports local control over zoning, and voted against Act 13 in part because of the restrictions the bill placed on local zoning authority.
Believes in uniform regulations on zoning for the gas industry to protect landowner property rights and prevent municipalities from impeding the industry. “Not-in-my backyard syndrome can kill this country.”
Opposed to the voter ID law. Said he does not believe election fraud is an issue and that the bill was designed to prevent minority voters in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh from voting. Said the bill will prevent elderly citizens without ID from voting.
Supports state voter ID law fully as a reasonable measure to protect against voter fraud. Does not see it as violating voter rights. “If some people claim that this is an inconvenience, too bad; overcome the inconvenience. I should not have my vote cancelled out by voter fraud.”