Thursday, September 25, 2008

157th District candidates talk taxes, reform

The two candidates hoping to replace veteran state Rep. Carole Rubley in the 157th House District participated in a joint forum attended by about 80 residents.

The candidates, Republican Guy Ciarrocchi and Democrat Paul Drucker agreed on what the most important issues facing the state are, but differed on how to address them.

Here's a highlight from The Phoenix newspaper:

Ciarrocchi was critical of state inaction on economic development issues "when times were good. Pennsylvania is 46th or 47th in job creation. Why do we continue to be so far behind?"

One reason, he said, is that the state imposes the second highest corporate tax in the nation; another is that "some elements of the legal system create disincentives" for business to locate and thrive here.

"We need to make sure that Pennsylvania is a good place to do business," he said, "and in a slow economy be certain that not a penny more than necessary is spent by the state government."

Read the full story at the newspaper's Web site.

Rubley, who has held the 157th District seat since 1993, did not seek re-election.

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