116th PA House: Toohil to Eachus: Come clean on staff salaries
(In response to Philadelphia Inquirer Article “Wide disparity in Pennsylvania House Staffing ” dated August 16, 2010 and Times Leader Article “Lawmakers’ personal staffs costly to taxpayers” dated August 17, 2010.)
In recent reports, Representative Todd Eachus declined an interview when requested by the media. In a statement, Representative Eachus said, “Our personnel offices uses industrywide best practices and standards, much like any other public or private organization, for salaries, ranges and job classifications.” However, Eachus went on to say, “Beyond that we don’t discuss details of our personnel decisions.”
Tarah Toohil, Republican candidate for State Representative in the 116th Legislative District, finds these type of responses to be unacceptable. “This is a classic example of Representative Eachus being out of touch with the people who elected him. The behavior of our legislature and its leaders is gluttonous and arrogant and the people of the 116th District and the people of Pennsylvania are demanding better.”
Toohil stated, “When asked by the media, Eachus will not explain his policies. He refuses to be accountable. He refuses to be transparent even when the people and the media are demanding it. Even with the Bonusgate Grand Jury finding that our legislature is living in a ‘time warp of public corruption’, that it is one of the most bloated and excessive legislatures, and that it should be cut back to part-time in order to save the taxpayers tens of millions of dollars… Representative Eachus refuses to change his ways and it is unacceptable.”
Toohil argues that in light of the Bonusgate findings, details of personnel decisions such as salary raises, disparities among legislative staffs, and job descriptions and qualifications are going to be discussed. The public has a right to know exactly how its money is being spent and misspent.
10th Congressional: Law Enforcement Officials Endorse Congressman Carney
Law enforcement officials from throughout the region came together in Sunbury Tuesday to endorse Democratic Congressman Chris Carney’s reelection effort, citing his ongoing dedication to police departments, county courthouses and other local law enforcement needs.
“I can tell you firsthand from a law enforcement perspective that Chris has always been there for us and will always be there for us,” said Montour County Sheriff Ray Gerringer. “When I pick the phone up and call Congressman Carney’s office, I always get a phone call back and it is a prompt response. Chris Carney has been a strong supporter of local law enforcement. He has served us well and I’m proud to support his bid for reelection.”
“Congressman Carney has always been there for us,” Northumberland County District Attorney Tony Rosini. “My office has directly benefitted from the support provided to us from Congressman Carney’s tireless efforts on our behalf. Northumberland County is a safer place to live and raise a family because of the work that he’s done.”
“Congressman Carney has proven time and again that he cares about the needs of police departments and is willing to fight on our behalf so that we have the resources we need to continue to keep our region safe,” Northumberland County Sheriff Chad Reiner. “Having someone with Congressman Carney’s background is a tremendous asset to the law enforcement community. He is a commander in the Navy Reserve and worked as an intelligence analyst – and he understands the threats that we as Americans constantly face in terms of national security. He understands the important role that local police departments play in fighting our national security. He was a first responder. That background is tremendously important in a representative. I’m honored to give my support to Congressman Carney.”
“I’m honored to accept the endorsement of so many law enforcement officials from throughout the district. There is nothing more important to me than keeping our families safe – and that means giving our law enforcement community every tool they need,” said Congressman Carney. “I have always sought to respond to the needs of our law enforcement community and fight for projects on their behalf. We’ve been very successful getting funding for those projects.”
Among the officials who attended Tuesday’s event were:
Montour County Sheriff Ray Gerringer, Northumberland County District Attorney Tony Rosini, Northumberland County Sheriff Chad Reiner, Northumberland County Coroner James Kelley, Milton Mayor Ed Nelson, Shamokin Police Chief Ed Griffith, Muncy Police Chief Dick Sutton, Northumberland County Commissioner Frank Sawicki, and Montour County Commissioner Trevor Finn.
120th PA House: Goldsworthy says Mundy’s Marcellus Shale proposed legislation political
Republican candidate Bill Goldsworhty issued the following press release:
Last week Rep. Mundy finally got it right. That our State Legislators have been lax! Her quote “ The laws we have on the books in Pennsylvania to monitor drilling are lax in terms of protecting the environment.” Where have you been Phyllis? She has been in the State Legislature for 20 years, they have been drilling in the Marcellus Shale region of Pennsylvania for 16 years, so why hasn’t she proposed changes before? Why did it take an election year challenge and a contaminated well in Dimmick to make her become reactive? We need to make sure our Legislators are proactive! We don’t need political grandstanding, we need our Legislators to work for the people ALL the time.”
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