Argall Finds Ally in Aging Secretary on Property Tax Elimination Effort During State Budget Hearings

HARRISBURG – During the second week of Senate Appropriations Committee review of the state budget, Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) focused on two lines contained in the opening statement of Secretary Osborne’s testimony on behalf of the Department of Aging.

Secretary Osborne’s statement reads, “Pennsylvania’s seniors have worked hard to raise their families, build our communities and protect our country in times of crisis. They deserve to live their lives without fear of losing their home due to skyrocketing local property taxes […]”

During his line of questioning, Argall honed in on Secretary Osborne’s statement that seniors deserve to live their lives without fear of losing their home due to skyrocketing local property taxes.

“Why is the governor’s administration opposed to the elimination of school property taxes,” Argall asked Secretary Osborne, referring to Lieutenant Governor Stack’s tiebreaking vote to thwart efforts to eliminate school property taxes in November.

Argall encouraged Secretary Osborne to remind the other cabinet secretaries, the governor and lieutenant governor that all Pennsylvanians deserve to live their lives without fear due to skyrocketing local property taxes.

“I just wish the rest of the administration would agree with you and me,” Argall said. “Right now in the Senate, I’m one vote short and if you could help me to secure that one more vote out of 49 [Senators], we could turn that sentiment into reality.”

The Aging Secretary agreed with Argall.

You can watch the discussion here.

For more information regarding the Senate Appropriations Committee hearings or state budget process, please visit www.SenatorArgall.com/Budget.


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