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Linglestown Gazette: Lawmaker holds trio of town meetings

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Lawmaker holds trio of town meetings

Our state senator, Jeffrey Piccola, experienced a busy Saturday morning by holding separate town meetings in East Hanover, West Hanover and Lower Paxton townships. I attended the one held at the East Shore Library in Colonial Park. He addressed the following issues that were raised by some of the 30 citizens in attendance:

* Status of a planned traffic light at Nyes Road and Locust Lane – Piccola said he would contact state transportation officials for an update on the project.

* Idea to lease the Pennsylvania Turnpike to raise revenues for highway and bridge repairs and to fund mass transit systems – Piccola isn’t for leasing the turnpike and doesn’t see the General Assembly addressing the issue during the remainder of the current legislative session that ends in November.

* Elimination of school property taxes – “Public education shouldn’t be funded with a 19th century tax,” said Piccola. “It will take a governor to lead on the issue to make it happen.”

* There was a lengthy debate on what is driving the state’s shortage of nurses. A retired nurse insisted the crisis is a result of the closure of nearly all nursing schools operated by hospitals, while Piccola said he’s been told that too few people want to work as a nurse.

* Piccola also fielded questions about electric rates, his effort to stage a state constitutional convention, a sinkhole on Locust Lane and accessibility of polls to handicapped voters.

Piccola, a Republican, is running re-election and is being challenged Democrat Judy Hirsh in the Nov. 4 general election.



At 9:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why does PA have "career" politicans? PA citizens need to take a look at the wages and benefits of these people. Why do they get to vote their own raises, get blues coverage for life for just being a politican, CEO's of companies like the troubled state PHEAA, lawyers with private practices.....and still not work for the common people? ? ? ? ?

At 9:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Complaint about lawyers. If a fellow attorney has been less than honest in working for a client....NO area attorney will sue the "crooked" attorney. Justice for ALL...I think not


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