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with new petition

Homeowners, businesses and retirees: How would you like to eliminate your school property taxes? Now is the time to get involved.

Do you know that as many as 10,000 lose their homes each year and there are 350,000 foreclosures in Pennsylvania because people cannot afford to pay their school taxes with limited income?

Have you noticed in your local newspapers the pages and pages of tax sale notices in Luzerne County? What do you think is happening in other counties throughout the state?

We now have The Property Independence Act, House and Senate bills 76, introduced by Rep. Jim Cox, R-Sinking Springs, and Sen. Dave Argall, R-Mahanoy. These bills were introduced to the Finance Committee on March 12 to be introduced on the floor for a vote. Unfortunately, we had Majority Rules member Mike Turzai, Majority Finance Chairman Kerry Benninghoff and Minority Chair Phyllis Mundy, who refuse to introduce these bills to the floor for a vote.

Rep. Mundy, of Kingston, has stated she will vote for the bill if it is introduced by the Senate Republicans but will not co-sponsor the bill.

HB 76 has 92 co-sponsors. SB 76 has 22 co-sponsors and is supported by a bi-partisan group. We need 102 sponsors in the House and 26 sponsors in the Senate. The irony of this is that the liquor bill had 26 votes and was rushed through by Rep Turzai for a vote. Why do we need 102 votes? Ask Rep. Turzai, the majority chairman of the rules committee. He’s seemingly out to privatize the liquor and lottery sales and out to destroy HB/SB 76.

Property/business owners, it’s time to get involved. We have in Luzerne County seven lawmakers who are sponsors of these bills. Unfortunately, we have four stubborn ones who will not co-sponsor these bills: Sen. John Blake, Sen. John Gordner, Rep. Mundy and Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski

The Pennsylvania Taxpayers Cyber Coalition is an 80-member group that is lobbying for the elimination of school property taxes.

PTCC Luzerne County Captaxes is one of 80 groups that will be holding meetings on Wednesdays, Sept. 1, 18, and 25 at 7 p.m. at the Larksville fire hall, 490 E. State St. We will have petitions for you to sign and to help distribute to homeowners and business owners for signatures.

We will deliver these petitions to our local unsigned sponsors and to the House Finance Committee in Harrisburg demanding that these bills be introduced on the floor for a vote. We are asking those in Luzerne, Lackawanna and Columbia counties to send a representative to the meeting to pick up petitions. No one should lose their homes, especially those who worked all their years to enjoy their golden years.

Joyce Dombroski-Gebhard

President, PTCC Luzerne Co. Captaxes


“Obamacare” vital

to reader’s health

I am a 51-year-old female. I have not had health insurance for the last 10 years, and if it were not for the implementation of Obamacare, I would be looking at remaining uninsured for the next 14 years, until I turn 65… assuming I live that long while not getting proper healthcare.

You see, as a clerical/secretarial worker, the odds of finding a job that offers health benefits are slim to none for someone my age; and purchasing insurance on my own is pretty much impossible, as my pre-existing conditions (arthritis, a back injury and a thyroid problem) cause most insurers to either deny me outright or price me out of the market (who can afford to pay $700 per month for individual coverage, especially on a secretary’s wages?)

But thanks to “Obamacare”, that problem is finally going away for me. For the first time I have hope to have comprehensive health coverage so that I can not only get treatment for my existing health issues, but also perhaps prevent or treat any new problems that crop up with age before they become life-threatening issues. Come October, I will finally be able to buy insurance from companies that cannot deny me coverage and who will actually compete for my business instead of rejecting me.

Can any of you understand what that means to someone like me? To go from wondering if you will live to see your 65th birthday because you can feel your health deteriorating but can’t see a doctor to even get a diagnosis let alone treatment, to knowing that you will, finally, be able to have the coverage you need so that you can get the health care you deserve as a human being?

Never before has a piece of legislation been so vital to my future welfare. I will fight to preserve Obamacare at all costs, because my life literally depends on it!

Maureen Mower


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