Good jobs. Good wages.
Bridget and her husband, Joe, have four children. In a few years they’ll be graduating college and ready to enter the workforce. Bridget and Joe were lucky to be able to come back to Northeast PA after college and raise their family here. And they want their children and grandchildren to have the same options.
Our communities deserve good jobs at a good wage. We must make Northeast Pennsylvania a compelling and inviting place for small business owners to set up shop and for the job-creating industry to take root.
This also means making a stronger commitment to public education and doing a better job to prepare our students to enter the workforce. After all, an educated community is a powerful community.
Bridget believes in providing tax incentives for small business owners who hire new workers. She believes that everyone should pay their fair share, but she also supports lowering the state’s corporate net income tax rate which at 9.9% is among the highest in the country to lure businesses to our area and to enliven job creation.
Bridget believes in increasing the minimum wage because workers should not struggle to have their most basic needs met.
And Bridget firmly believes in pay equity for men and women. No woman should receive a fraction of the pay a man receives for doing the same job.
Clean Air, Clean Water.
Is there anything more important than the health of our community? Whether you’re a mother or father or caring for an elderly relative or neighbor, our health and our loved ones’ health is a constant part of life.
We must ensure that Pennsylvania families are breathing clean air and drinking clean water. Our state constitution guarantees the right to clean air, pure water, and the protection of our great natural resources.
We must insist that these robust standards never change. And we must insist that drillers for natural gas in Pennsylvania pay their fair share and the Commonwealth institute a severance tax on these companies who choose to mine our precious natural resources.
Representative Kosierowski co-sponsored Rep. Christopher Rabb’s legislation House Bill 1425, Transitioning to 100% Renewable Energy by 2050, a bill will go a long way toward maximizing the environmental and economic benefits of developing Pennsylvania’s renewable energy industry.
Under this proposal, a Clean Energy Transition Task Force, a Clean Energy Center of Excellence, and a Council for Clean Energy Workforce Development would be established and tasked with evaluating current pollution-related issues affecting the Commonwealth and its residents.
To learn more about H.B.1425 click here
Property taxes affect all of us. We all know someone – a parent, a neighbor, a friend – who is worried about losing his or her house in retirement because he or she is on a fixed income and cannot afford to pay the property tax bill. This is absolutely unacceptable.
Bridget believes that House Bill 76 – a recent property tax reform measure – got a number of things right, but much of it must change in order for the bill to earn her vote.
For example, it’s unacceptable to give property tax breaks to huge corporations like Walmart and let homeowners and individual taxpayers shoulder the burden of educating our schoolchildren. Corporations should pay their full and fair share.
Additionally, it is unacceptable to eliminate property taxes for a millionaire from another state who owns a summer lake home at Lake Winola or a real estate investor who owns multiple dwellings.
The only way for property tax reform to work for families and individuals living in the 114th District is to target property tax relief to primary homesteads, residences, and family farms.
The current bill as written leaves the state with the task of raising roughly $14 billion a year to fund education through proposed income tax and sales tax hikes.
If we take the sensible step to focus property tax reforms on homesteads and farms (and continue to tax properties other than residents’ primary homes – like commercial property and vacation homes – at the current rate) the $14 billion gap in education funding is cut in half.
This is sensible reform of a tax that is just too burdensome on our District.