Northeast Times

Town hall meeting is rescheduled for July 16

Terry Tracy, the Re­pub­lic­an can­did­ate for city con­trol­ler, has res­ched­uled his town hall meet­ing for Tues­day, Ju­ly 16, at 7:15 p.m. at Holmes­burg Re­cre­ation Cen­ter, at Rhawn and Dit­man streets.

The meet­ing was ori­gin­ally set for Ju­ly 9, but post­poned be­cause of a death in the can­did­ate’s fam­ily.

Mean­while, Tracy said Phil­adelphi­ans are not get­ting the ser­vices for all the taxes they pay.

Tracy, who is chal­len­ging Demo­crat­ic in­cum­bent Alan Butkovitz, be­lieves a tax dol­lar spent should be equi­val­ent to a dol­lar in pub­lic ser­vice re­ceived.

“Our schools fail to provide our chil­dren with an edu­ca­tion worthy of their po­ten­tial,” he said. “Our eco­nom­ic policies have res­ul­ted in stag­nant job growth des­pite bil­lions in cu­mu­lat­ive long-term debt. We lack the ac­count­ab­il­ity we ex­pect from too many of our pub­lic ser­vants, which res­ults in a strange, cas­u­al at­ti­tude about pub­lic ex­pendit­ures.”

Terry is call­ing for an end to what he sees as a “knee-jerk re­ac­tion” to raise taxes. In­stead, he thinks there should be sub­stan­tial dis­cus­sions about how and where money is spent.

The chal­lenger likes an idea put forth by at-large Re­pub­lic­an City Coun­cil­man Dav­id Oh, who wants to real­loc­ate some funds in the op­er­at­ing budget to lower the mil­lage rate, thus de­creas­ing prop­erty taxes.

The Tracy cam­paign cited, as an ex­ample of an un­ne­ces­sary ex­pendit­ure, the ini­ti­at­ive to re­duce Phil­adelphi­ans’ salt in­take.

The can­did­ate said the status quo is not ac­cept­able.

“Con­trary to pop­u­lar be­lief, there are two parties in this city,” Tracy said. “Only one is cap­able of de­liv­er­ing the re­form we need and the ac­count­ab­il­ity we ex­pect.”

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Former City Coun­cil­man Dan Sav­age will be hold­ing an up­com­ing fun­draiser for his pos­sible primary chal­lenge to state Sen. Tina Tartagli­one.

Tartagli­one (D-2nd dist.) hasn’t had a tough cam­paign since her first vic­tory in 1994. She serves as sec­ret­ary of the Demo­crat­ic caucus and minor­ity party chair­wo­man of the Sen­ate Labor and In­dustry Com­mit­tee. She is a fa­vor­ite of Sen­ate Minor­ity Lead­er Jay Costa of Al­legheny County, mean­ing she will be well-fun­ded.

Sav­age is a North­wood res­id­ent and Demo­crat­ic lead­er of the 23rd Ward. His $100 break­fast fun­draiser is sched­uled for the morn­ing of Sat­urday, Ju­ly 21, at Westy’s Ir­ish Pub in North Wild­wood, N.J.

Tartagli­one, the daugh­ter of former city elec­tions com­mis­sion­er Marge Tartagli­one, nar­rowly de­feated Re­pub­lic­an Sen. Bruce Marks in 1994. She has sailed to re-elec­tion ever since.

In all that time, Tartagli­one has served in the minor­ity party. At present, Re­pub­lic­ans con­trol the Sen­ate by a 27-23 mar­gin.

Sav­age won a Novem­ber 2006 spe­cial elec­tion for the va­cant 7th Coun­cil­man­ic Dis­trict seat. He lost the fol­low­ing year in the Demo­crat­ic primary to Maria Quinones Sanc­hez, who went on to win the seat in the gen­er­al elec­tion. He also lost a primary chal­lenge to Sanc­hez in 2011.

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U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-13th dist.), who is seek­ing the Demo­crat­ic nom­in­a­tion for gov­ernor next year, cri­ti­cized Re­pub­lic­an Gov. Tom Corbett as the le­gis­lat­ive ses­sion closed for the sum­mer. Schwartz said Pennsylvania needs a gov­ernor who will provide an eco­nom­ic vis­ion, in­vest in edu­ca­tion and ad­dress trans­port­a­tion and in­fra­struc­ture needs.

Schwartz noted that Corbett failed to pass the top three items on his agenda: li­quor store privat­iz­a­tion, re­form of state em­ploy­ee pen­sion plans and in­creased trans­port­a­tion spend­ing.

“Gov. Corbett has presided over months of par­tis­an wrangling in Har­ris­burg, and, once again, the sys­tem has pro­duced few res­ults for every­day Pennsylvani­ans,” she said in a state­ment. “It is a gov­ernor’s job to foster private-sec­tor job cre­ation, strengthen our pub­lic schools, im­prove Pennsylvania’s roads and bridges and use op­por­tun­it­ies to ex­tend health cov­er­age for more Pennsylvani­ans. And that is ex­actly why I’m run­ning.” ••

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