Monday, February 23, 2015

The LuLac Edition #2842, February 23rd, 2015


State Representative Gerry Mullery. (Photo: LuLac archives).
State Representative Gerry Mullery is taking it to the streets. The State Representative from the 119th District is urging area taxpayers to push for the elimination of school property taxes. The bill would eliminate school property taxes and increase the Sales and Use Tax and Personal Income Tax. The sales tax would be increased by 1 percent while the personal income tax would be increased to 1.24 percent. 
Mullery said that citizens should “make calls and send emails” to state representatives to support the bill. It’s called The Tax Independence Act, also known as HB/SB 76. This bill would give relief to property owners that have been burdened with huge taxes over the years. There are times when one wonders if it is worth it to have property. Mullery asked taxpayers to find out who voted against the last bill introduced in 2013 (it went down to defeat 138 to 59).
Mullery’s plea is extraordinary because he is saying that there has to be a better way of financing education in Pennsylvania. Mullery made his remarks at a meeting in Wilkes Barre Township last week.


Jim Mcnulty, circa 1980. (Photo: LuLac archives).
The committee and guest list for the Friday, Feb. 27, community celebration of James Barrett McNulty’s 70th birthday party/fundraiser are growing.
Jim reports that the event has some new honorary chairs. U.S. Rep. Matt and Marion Munley Cartwright are joining U.S. Sen. Bob and Terese Casey in that role, he said. And, Scranton’s good will ambassador and mayor of mirth and merriment, says former heavyweight boxing champion Larry Holmes and former Penn State Quarterback and Oakland Raider Matt McGloin have been added to the “who’s coming” list. They and all the former Scranton mayor’s friends are invited to enjoy hors d’oeuvres, appetizers, drinks and dancing to Kenny McGraw’s Brass & Ivory Orchestra.
The Foundation for Cancer Care, an all-volunteer “grassroots foundation (that) helps any resident of our area with a cancer diagnosis” is assisting. The foundation provides financial assistance for medical supplies, gives gas cards for transportation to and from treatments, provides grocery cards for cancer patients, and accepts donations, “100 percent” of which go to cancer patients, said Margo Opsasnick , its president.
Donation checks can be sent to the Foundation for Cancer Care, Jim McNulty’s Birthday Bash for Cancer, 236 Penn Ave., 2nd Floor, Scranton PA 18503, Margo said.
Jim, who is battling late-stage colon cancer, wants to see as many of his friends at the party as possible. So, well-wishers headed to the birthday party/fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Radisson at Lackawanna Station hotel will be admitted by a birthday card — with just wishes and/or monetary gifts enclosed.
For details on underwriting and sponsorship, call committee member Todd O’Malley’s office at 570-344-2667.


At 2:54 PM, Anonymous Junction said...

Yes I have to agree with Mr. Mullery in regards to the elimination of property tax.Only if it is worded that they may NEVER re-instate it in the future if they cannot get enough monies from the other forms of tax that will replace it. Funny how they never want to get rid of any form of taxation. But a politician can never say never. So sad.In the mean time we must suffer the consequences of property taxes going through the roof. Wish I had a better answer.


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