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Amendments for PA Constitution

Harrisburg voted in the middle of the night right before summer recess this year to pass five constitutional amendments with no hearings, no testimony, no legal review of language, and no public input. They were hoping to sneak this by voters who were just relieved that a budget was passed. I will not vote to pass any of these constitutional amendments until the public is given an opportunity to voice their opinion, I will not vote to pass any of these until there has been testimony on the legal repercussions, and I will not vote to pass any constitutional amendments that take away Pennsylvanians’ civil liberties.

The 5 constitutional amendments in question:

  • Guarantees there are no rights related to abortion or funding for one.
  • Creates mandatory election audits.
  • Mandates that voters present identification at polls.
  • Places restrictions on the governor’s ability to use regulatory action.
  • Allows each gubernatorial candidate pick their running mate.

In order to be added to the state constitution, these amendments must pass the legislature in January, and then they will be put on the primary ballot in May 2023 for the public to vote on. In order to protect our rights, it is essential that we flip the house or senate, and that people get active and talk about these amendments so that people are aware of how they would affect citizens.

Hanover Business

$15 Minimum Wage

A policy that voters are concerned about is wage stagnation and there is no other way for us to best fix this issue than by bringing the wage floor up. Every state that touches Pennsylvania has raised the minimum wage in recent years while ours was last raised by the federal government in 2009. Harrisburg has failed the working members of PA by constantly denying an increase in wages that other states have enjoyed for decades.

Recreational Marijuana

It is beyond time for PA to open a brand new market to Pennsylvanians for a number of beneficial reasons. This would allow farmers a new cash crop to produce and sell to a wide array of people both in and out of state. Police would be able to use their time and resources to focus on more pressing issues. Residents would be able to grow their own personal plants. New small businesses would be able to open up to finally meet the demand rather than people relying on black market sellers. Patients on medical marijuana would be able to find relief from the price gouging currently happening in Pennsylvania, ultimately helping veterans and people suffering from longtime illnesses. Finally, creating this market allows a new revenue stream that the state can use to fully fund schools, giving localities a chance to decrease property taxes, which is an issue of concern I have heard from a number of residents.

Protect Clean Air and Water

Many voters, myself included, are worried about climate change and protecting our state's natural resources. I have also talked to farmers, hunters, and state park rangers that are worried about how our state government isn't doing its job to uphold our state constitution when it comes to protecting clean air and water. The 169th district is located in the area with the worst air quality in the entire state, and unfortunately we have been represented by a state legislator who has a lifetime voting record of 2% in regards to voting to protect the environment (as reported by the Conservation Voters of PA). We deserve a representative who will tackle environmental issues and address threats to our clean air and water. As an Eagle Scout and a former Fellow with the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, this issue is especially near and dear to me.

Establish Right to Repair

As Pennsylvania.repair.org states, "Right to Repair is simple. It requires manufacturers to provide owners and independent repair businesses with fair access to service information and affordable replacement parts. So you can fix the stuff you own quickly—and get back on with your life. That sounds great! Who would be against that? Well, manufacturers like John Deere and Apple don’t like the idea. When your tractor breaks or your cell phone stops working, they want to be the only people who can fix it. And they get to set whatever prices they want for parts and service." Farmers have been facing the issue of big corporations forcing consumers to utilize their approved avenues to repair the products, equipment, and tools that they bought and own, rather than allowing them to repair it themselves or how they choose. Legislation with strong bipartisan support (House Bill 1152) has been sitting in Harrisburg with no movement because it goes against corporations' control over how individuals use the property that they own. Once more corporations are making our lives worse and paying off Harrisburg to keep it that way. This bill is also not supported by our current state representative in the 169th, which does a disservice to our farmers and consumers overall.

Support Workers' Rights

I am the only candidate running for the House in the 169th who is endorsed by workers. This is because I want to protect the union way of life and expand those rights. I believe it is your right to unionize, your right to bargain collectively with your bosses, and that the government should do everything in its power to protect those rights. Workers fought for those rights over a century ago, they died to give those rights to us, and now corporations are paying politicians to take them away. That is why we need to come together to vote in candidates who will take on the corruption in Harrisburg and make it People-Focused not Corporate-Bought.

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