Centre Daily Times (Sunday) - - Opinion -

A re­cent CDT se­ries and Bill Ma­hon’s opin­ion piece de­scribed the tax­pay­ers’ bur­dens caused by al­co­hol over-con­sump­tion in our re­gion. Yet rather than help­ing his con­stituents al­le­vi­ate this prob­lem through ap­pro­pri­ate leg­is­la­tion, Se­na­tor Jake Cor­man has ex­ac­er­bated it.

Specif­i­cally his re­cent mail­ing boasts, “Jake worked with both par­ties to break the decades­long pro­hi­bi­tion of ex­panded liquor sales and al­low gro­cery and con­ve­nience stores to sell beer and wine.” De­spite re­peated re­quests, he has failed to sup­port leg­is­la­tion per­mit­ting ar­eas like ours to tax al­co­hol.

State se­na­tor can­di­date Ezra Nanes un­der­stands the ef­fect that read­ily avail­able al­co­hol and tem­po­rary pop­u­la­tions have on mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties like ours. Their of­ten ex­ces­sive al­co­hol use places high de­mands on our in­fra­struc­ture and ser­vices, and thus an un­fair bur­den on real es­tate tax­pay­ers. Ezra sup­ports au­tho­riz­ing mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties like ours to self-de­ter­mine the best way to gen­er­ate rev­enue re­quired to pay for these ser­vices, as Philadel­phia and Al­legheny County al­ready have.

Please join me in vot­ing to elect Ezra Nanes as our state se­na­tor. It’s in our re­gion’s best in­ter­est to do so.

– Donna S. Queeney,

State Col­lege, PA

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