Editor,

The state wants your child. Not only that, it also wants more of your money. Pennsylvania will raise the personal income tax from 3.05 to 4.95 percent, and the sales tax from 6 to 7 percent.

You will feel that the most when it comes to feeding your family. Where in the past food was exempt from sales tax (along with clothing), you will now pay 7 percent on that as well.

In addition, Pennsylvania has stripped local schools from any way to increase income and forced them to come humbly to the state begging for money to educate your children.

So who gains the most from these shenanigans? Why, of course, big business. Now, corporations will be exempt from paying Pennsylvania property tax. One has to wonder if our representatives in Harrisburg have been bought and paid for.

Of course, those who favor this nonsense say that when corporations have more money they'll hire more people and thus put the state closer to solvency. I can imagine the board meeting now: "Hey, the state gave us more money. Let's give ourselves a raise."

It's not too late to stop this from occurring. The state Senate has already passed the bill, but the state House of Representatives doesn't vote on it until early next month.

So, call your state representative and tell him or her to vote "no" to this proposed bill. Then call your friends and ask them to call their representatives as well. Together, we can stop the madness.

-Vance Mays,

Sugarcreek Village

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