Onorato: Tax Gas Drillers
Tom Corbett is his Republican opponent. Onorato says all other states that have gas and oil impose a severance tax, and with no tax on drilling, taxpayer dollars will pay for fixing any problems. He says he will also push for a 20 percent cut in the cost of running the legislature, either by shrinking the size of the house and senate or making lawmakers’ jobs part-time instead of full-time. He says they get perks that are unheard of in private business.
“Right now if you serve five years you get healthcare for life and a pension. That’s crazy! That’s why people argue for a part-time legislature because then it’s a true citizen legislature. You don’t go up there for a career. You go to do the people’s business. You have people from different walks of life going to Harrisburg having a say on the budget and getting input from people in different areas of the state and different backgrounds, and that’s why you want a citizen legislature.”
Onorato says states that are larger than Pennsylvania have part-time legislatures, and they work just fine at a lower cost. He appeared Tuesday on the WNPV talk program Comment Please by Univest, and he and Corbett face off at the polls on November 2.