Late last night I sent John an email re: his vote. He called me today at 1:20 pm and we talked for about 15 mins.
Remember John is a CPA and he looks at things through the eyes of a CPA.
John is the Chairman of the Agriculture Committee and there are some good things in this bill for the farmers and the rural area of the state who have been somewhat ignored over the years on transportation. The Farm Bureau and others ask him to vote on this.
John has never taken a penny for any lobby group. He doesn't have to he has only been challenged twice in his years on the legislature and won overwhelmingly. This allows him to be independent.
This will be the first time he has ever voted for any kind of a tax increase. He explained that the oil compaines have not had taxes raised for a long time (he told me how long but I can't remember) and yes, he understands they will probably pass it on to the consumer but then the price of gas at 3.50 is an "oh well," to the consumer. Of course back in 2008 everyone was raising hell about it. It's 9. someting each year for the next three years for a total of 28 cents on the oil companies.
But this bill will eliminate the 12 cents per gallon state tax.
He has been trying for 10 years to fix the prevailing wage law that was enacted in 1963 and currently hurting townships like Bethel Park and Upper St. Clair and others across the state. After meeting with the commissioners of both townships they are on board with the change.
He also discussed with me about all the crap that Rendell did over the years and all the problems created ended up on Corbett's desk i.e. the education stimulus money gone. During the Rendell years John was a thorn in Rendell's side because he always tried to quash and limit Rendell's spending.
There's more but he satisfied me that he's doing what's he feels is best. It must be OK if Senators Folmer and Eichelberger, the two most conservative in the Senate, voted for it.
We talked briefly about what Scott Walker did in Wisconsin. Wisconsin is not a Right-to-work state. I told John that the term right-to-work is a misnomer and people on the other side go crazy when then hear it. Everybody has the right to work in the state but they should not have to pay compulsory dues. He agreed. Commonwealth Foundation has getting rid of compulsory dues high of their list of what they want to get done. John told me that there's is a bill called the Paycheck Protection bill which would pretty much do what Walker did in Wisconsin which has broken the Teachers Union. He said that Turzai is holding it up. Of course he is. His biggest donor is the Teachers Union. I've asked John for the bill number.
I've asked for a meeting with him over the next recess. If we can schedule one I'll let you know and perhaps you might want to Join us.