Sumner Redstone once said, “Success is not built on success; it’s built on failure. It’s built on frustration.” I’ve been thinking about this in the wake of Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed budget for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. Redstone’s famous quote comes to mind as political opponents quickly and unfairly lambaste the proposals without thought.
Four years of failed Corbett administration policies and the frustrating inability of his office to engage House and Senate leadership has brought us to the proverbial “Y” in the road.
To close the Corbett deficit of $2 billion this year, that administration would have slashed more school funding, eliminated more social safety nets and raided what’s left of job creation programs that once helped good Pennsylvania workers re-tool for new opportunities.
We have a job to do to build a better, bolder Pennsylvania, and we have to step up, as a united voice, and tell the naysayers that the ways of old are not the ways of our future, even if a very few of those new ways pinches a little.
I’ll say more below in this new edition of my First District Connection.
I appreciate your support and your willingness to fight the good fight.
Sen. Larry Farnese
Gov. Tom Wolf unveiled what I think is a proactive response to Pennsylvania’s fiscal situation.
Yes, it’s nearly $30 billion and, yes, it frames a new way to governor by proposing significant property tax reductions, an easy tax on Marcellus Shale extractors, and the restoration of vital quality-of-life programs that were plundered during the past four years.
We can no longer be last in America for job creation.
We can no longer fire our teachers and gut classroom resources because policies don’t subscribe to that ideal.
We can no longer sacrifice the middle class while the upper crust of the commonwealth pays next to nothing and holds on to everything.
We have been desperate for a strong leader who makes tough, reasoned decisions that are based in good policy, not politics, and Gov. Wolf showed everyone in his budget address last week that he has what it takes to bring Pennsylvania back from the brink.
I remain hopeful that the Republican majorities in the House and Senate will do what they said they would do and patiently give these paradigm shifts in thinking a fair and just hearing.
Pennsylvanians are counting on it.
Chinatown Development Thanks
It was very special to be recognized by the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation recently as the recipient of its community service award.
I worked to secure a $3.7 million RACP investment this past fall for their Eastern Tower Community Center and Housing project.
The new facility will be a planned mixed-use project in Philadelphia and will include retail, office and multi-use space, plus 143 housing units.
The photo is from their Chinese New Year festivities.
Cooking Up New at PAFA
There are so many good reasons to visit the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and you can add eating as another motive.
The museum and school has opened a new café called “Tableau at PAFA.” It is offering everything from sandwiches, salads, and baked goods to a full coffee bar, and a selection of beer and wine.
Tableau is open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday; 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
By the way, Gov. Tom Wolf wants to help organizations like PAFA in his proposed budget. Another good reason to work hard on improving Pennsylvania and our future.
Tele Town Hall Reminder
We’re getting closer to my telephone town hall meeting! Hope you’re making plans – and registering – to participate.
The event will begin at 7 p.m., March 30.
To register, visit www.senatorfarnese.com/townhall and complete the short form.
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