Snyder: Dynamic discussions highlight Tele-Town Hall

CARMICHAELS, April 10 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, today said hundreds of 50th Legislative District constituents participated in her initial telephone town hall April 9 that spurred lively discussion on state and local issues.

 

“The town hall forum over the phone was a first for me, and the participation and input have me eager to do another one,” Snyder said. “At the peak, about 1,100 residents were participating and providing valuable input.”

 

Snyder said education funding, property and gas taxes, and coal and natural gas were popular topics.

 

“Not surprisingly, truck traffic linked to the Marcellus Shale industry is a major concern,” said Snyder, who noted during the forum that she’s continuing discussions with industry officials about cracking down on rogue drivers. “I urged residents to ‘watch, listen and report’ when they see driving abuses.”

 

Snyder said she welcomed input on proposals regarding a severance tax on the natural gas industry and possible changes to the impact fees now levied.

 

“I think responses from the forum support my position,” Snyder said. “I will not vote for anything that changes the impact fee, which is crucial to our local governments.”

The town hall polling questions and results are:

       1.  Would you rather fund schools with the existing property taxes or replace it with increased, expanded sales and income taxes?

  • Keep system as is – 14 percent.
  • Replace property taxes with increased and expanded sales tax, but leave income taxes as is – 45 percent.

  • Replace property taxes with increased income taxes, but leave the sales tax as is – 9 percent.

  • Replace property taxes with a combination of income and sales taxes – 32 percent.

    2. Should Pennsylvania legalize medical marijuana?

  • Yes – 9 percent.
  • No – 28 percent.

  • Yes, but only if a doctor prescribes it – 40 percent.

  • Yes, and recreational marijuana should be legalized, too – 23 percent.

    3. Should the state levy a new Marcellus Shale severance tax?

  • Yes – 22 percent.

  • No – 25 percent.

  • Yes, but only if the impact fee for local municipalities is preserved – 53 percent.

    4. Should the state allow early voting and online voter registration like so many other states have already done?

  • Yes – 50 percent.

  • No – 29 percent.

  • Online registration only – 9 percent.

  • Early voting only – 12 percent.

A link to an audio recording of the Tele-Town Hall is available on Snyder’s website, www.pahouse.com/Snyder, or Facebook page, www.facebook.com/RepSnyder.