Last year we had a presentation from David Baldinger of the PENNSYLVANIA TAXPAYERS CYBER COALITION concerning school property tax elimination. Some of us even took a bus to Harrisburg to promote the importance of HB\SB 76 to our state legislators. David and concerned taxpayers across the state have been tirelessly pressing the case for tax elimination and anticipate committee voting to occur very shortly. Please read the message from David Baldinger reproduced below:
Exciting news! Technical revisions to Senate Bill 76, the Property Tax Independence Act, have been completed and we anticipate a vote in the Senate Finance Committee very shortly.
Unfortunately, the well-heeled special interest opponents of SB 76 are also aware of the impending vote. Last week a coordinated group of them began their opposition campaign with an extremely negative letter loaded with distortions that was sent to all Senate Finance Committee members to urge them to vote against the bill. On the same day this organization held a media event to publicize their actions.
Senator David Argall, one of the SB 76 prime sponsors, said this about their opposition in the April 10 issue of PA Independent: “The current tax can make people homeless, and I can’t believe that these groups would be defending the status quo.”
The fight for enactment of the Property Tax Independence Act is truly a battle between the self-serving special interests that influence so much of today’s lawmaking and the ordinary taxpaying, grassroots citizens who crafted this legislation and want their voices to be heard.
Right now it is imperative that we do just that and do it loudly and clearly. To effectively respond to this special interest attack on our homes and families we must let the members of the Senate Finance Committee know at once that we, the people, want the enactment SB 76 and expect them to support and vote for this legislation for the benefit of all Pennsylvanians.
ACTION ITEM: Since time is critical, please write, email, call, or visit the members of the Senate Finance Committee IMMEDIATELY to strongly encourage them to vote for SB 76 in committee. Since our goal is to gain support and not to make enemies, please keep all contacts courteous, respectful, and non-threatening but, at the same time, be firm with your request. If you’d like, explain why this legislation is so important to you and how it will affect your family.
The list of the eleven Senate Finance Committee members is here: http://x.co/4KT4S. Click on each of their names for contact information.
This is a crucial time for the future of SB 76, the Property Tax Independence Act, so PLEASE take a few moments to help with the effort. I simply can’t stress strongly enough the importance of your participation.
Please forward this message to everyone in your Pennsylvania email address book and spread the word about SB 76 wherever and whenever possible. We can achieve enactment of this vital legislation but we need everyone’s help NOW!
Have you heard talk of a Constitutional Convention?
What about a Convention Of States?
What does it all mean and how could it help, or hurt, America?
Join us for a spectacular presentation by Roger Rinker and Sue McCarthy from the Convention Of States in PA. There will be facts disseminated and questions answered. You’ll also have an opportunity to take action!
This is a General Membership Meeting of the Lehigh Valley Tea Party (All are welcome*This is an open meeting)
This event is for educational purposes. The views expressed at this event are not necessarily those of the LVTP.
PLUS, You won’t want to miss author Ken Krawchuck, Libertarian candidate for Governor, discuss his book, ‘Atlas Snubbed.’
(The LVTP does not endorse candidates or political parties. This presentation is about the author’s book.)
Please remember to bring your donations to help. SUPPORT THE TROOPS
Our troops don't always receive or even have access to some of the things they need tomake their lives more bearable while deployed overseas. Please bring your non-perishable donations to the meeting so they can be delivered to them directly.
For a list of needed items and more info please CLICK HERE
Spring is beginning to show itself a little more each day. As the snow melts and the air slowly warms, tiny shoots of new growth will soon start to cover the earth. And so it is with our Tea Party group. It’s at this time each year when the Executive Board is renewed with fresh faces, bold ideas, and new vision for our future. This year's Executive Board members, listed in no particular order are Mr. Lynn Patnaude, Mrs. Arlene Klocek, Mr. Tony Simao, Mr. Tom Carroll, Dr. Christine Bongiorno, Mr. Dave Dahms, Mr. Mike Ciasulli, Mr. Bill Tunke, Mr. John Mattaboni, and Mr. Michael Gross. Serving as Vice Chairman is Mr. Tom Campione, and serving as Chairman is Mr. Ronnie DelBacco. (
This year we will be reviewing our policy of “educate on issues only” and consider whether the board and the membership both wish to affect political change by taking an active role in the political process, which is currently prohibited only by our own doing. (section 1.03 of our by-laws) If a more active role is desired, we'll need to decide just how far we might wish to go. Depending upon those answers, we may or may not need to modify our corporate structure; however, no major decisions will be made without hearing from active members. We therefore urge you to renew your membership (dues form is here) so that you will have a voice in this critical planning of our organization’s future as an active member.
This will be a year for action! In the coming weeks we will lay out a set of ambitious, but achievable goals for the LVTP. With each member finding his or her niche, and lending a hand to support, promote, and strengthen our founding principles we will be able to take the LVTP to the next level and establish our group as a role model for other Patriot groups around the country. By strengthening our Action Committees we will be more vocal, more visible, and most importantly more active.
Mark your calendars now for the April 4th General Membership Event! Bring your family, bring your friends, and bring your neighbors too. Not only are we still watching,
At our last general meeting we brought up how the IRS is considering new regulations that would change the rules for non-profits and what would be considered partisan political speech. The proposed regulations curtail free speech by making it extremely difficult for Americans to voice their concerns during the times when it matters most. We have a right to talk to, and about, elected officials without restriction.
Another available resource with recommendations for comments can be found here at AFP's Block The IRS. Please consider leaving a comment, we all have the right to hold elected officials accountable. Tell the IRS it's not their job to regulate free speech!