Susan on how we fund Education
Ongoing, sustainable funding for public education is a primary job of government. I strongly support adequate funding for our public schools so local school districts need not raise property taxes. I will also advocate for easier access to vocational schools.
I am dedicated to advocating for well-funded public schools, postsecondary institutions, and libraries. I will also advocate for programs that provide equal access to public education for all our children.
Susan's position on SB76 Property Tax Elimination
I am not opposed to eliminating residential and agricultural property taxes, and on the surface this bill looks like it will ease the burden on our rural communities. The problem is that this bill also eliminates the taxes on commercial and industrial properties, while doing nothing to address the broken school funding formula.
It will increase our income and sales taxes significantly, so that entire school districts will end up paying more in overall taxes than they do now. We will find ourselves in a situation where the increase to the income and sales taxes add up to more than the decrease to the property tax.
Susan On The Second Amendment
I grew up in a small town where my family owned guns and hunted regularly. I was a member of the school rifle club myself. My family and close friends today include sportsmen and women. I respect our culture and support the Second Amendment and the rights of responsible gun owners in America.
If elected, I would convene a task force made up of sportsmen and women, collectors, veterans, law enforcement, school personnel, and doctors. This task force could design the common-sense, preventive measures we need to protect our children and neighbors, while also protecting the rights of law-abiding citizens.
I believe in the good judgement of the people of Pennsylvania, and our ability to solve problems that affect us all when we work together. Together, we can create bi-partisan, common-sense solutions to make schools, workplaces, neighborhoods and public events safer, while upholding the right to keep and bear arms. And I can provide the leadership to get that done.