Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Boscola: Connolly a "Tax Cheat"


State Senator Lisa Boscola's recent appearance on WAEB with Bobby Gunther Walsh got pretty heated. He probed her about the legislature's inability to enact eaningful property tax reform, h eventually suggesting,"At what point should you step aside because you're no longer effective?You haven't got it done."

Lisa exploded with a slam at her opponent, Matt Connolly. "He's talking to me about property taxes? He didn't pay his. Who are you gonna' vote for, somebody who doesn't pay his taxes? That's not personal responsibility or accountability for your actions? That's what drives me crazy, when these people come and attack you for things you're trying to do, but his version of property tax is not to pay his. Is that what somebody wants in the Senate? I don't think so."

Of all people, it is Connolly who sent me Boscola's audio, along with this explanation. "I would like to proactively address this with you and anyone who cares to listen. I bought a property in 2006 that is now my shop. It needed a lot of work and money has always been tight. in 2008 and 2009 I chose to cover other expenses, like paying my employees, instead of paying the taxes on the due date. Of course I did pay them, but they were late. The state made out since I had to pay interest and penalties. I felt it was better to not disrupt the lives and families of the guys who help me make a living instead of paying the property taxes at the time. I would probably make the same choice in the future, although I would prefer to make more money and not have the choice at all!"

52 comments:

Anonymous said...

This guy can backpedal like the best politician. he has a future.

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Clem said...

Of course, like all good D's, Lisa would have him pay the taxes first. That way the government could afford to help those employees with a nice program when they were laid off.

Anonymous said...

It's good to see someone that takes responsibility and not blame others for not paying taxes.

What has Boscola accomplished for Northampton County? The only thing she did was screw over the county by giving gaming money to Lehigh.

Anonymous said...

I want that potty-mouth drunk to disclose how much taxpayers paid for her rehab. She should also disclose whether or not, after taxpayer-funded rehab, she continues to consume alcohol. She continues to employ a drunk driver and God knows how many innocents are at risk from the personal recklessness of her entire office staff. Kids are taught not to be like Lisa Boscola, her associates, and their ilk. She's a terrible professional example and a personal train wreck. Most drunks require multiple stints in rehab. It's time to make sure her next one is on her own dime; not ours.

Clem said...

Too late, she gets healthcare for life.

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Anonymous said...

Does Lisa use any of her per diem on alcohol?

Anonymous said...

the only reason bo posts this type of crap is his personal vendetta towards certain people. he'll deny that, of course. but he has shown his true colors to many times to even try to be believable

notsocasual observer said...

Matt Connolly is a breath of fresh air in the district. Honest, clean and forward thinking. And , yes, he did own up to being late with his taxes and He paid them.

It is time to replace the stereotypical political hack with Matt Connolly, he gives a damn about actually doing the job and he is more than capapble.

Anonymous said...

"I chose to cover other expenses"


so, he admits to being a tax cheat?
am i supposed to find that refreshing?

Anonymous said...

I would love to party with Lisa. For a middle aged woman she is ok and seems fun. Thats why I am voting for her.

Anonymous said...

This guy doesn't even realize that the state doesn't get his property taxes - it is the municipality, school district and county. If he can't grasp the most basic concept of property taxes and what that money pays for, how can he represent me in Harrisburg??

notsocasualobserver said...

anonymous 6:17

He paid them with interst and admitted that he paid his employees first. The taxes are paid, that is not a tax cheat.
Unpaid taxes are a tax cheat. lying to lower your taxes and hiding income or assets. those are tax cheats. the term does not apply to someone who has solved the problem ina timely manner.

Anonymous said...

Pretty Heated!
Heard her screaming at the top of her lungs. Screaming over Gunther trying to get one word in. Forget that! If this is any example of her professional conduct, no wonder she's
lost a lot of voter respect. She needs to go. She has done nothing for voters. Remember her promise two years ago to reduce PPL's oncoming residential fee increases.

Anonymous said...

"Who are you gonna' vote for, somebody who doesn't pay his taxes?"
Lisa Boscola
Friday Oct. 22, 2010

Funny, her fellow Dem candidate
Mike Horton hasn't paid some of his prior taxes. How about that, Lisa.

Anonymous said...

It is time for this troll to move on into the sunset. Matt Connolly is a breath of fresh air a regular guy with the same problems facing everyday americans. He has my vote!!!!!!!!!!!

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Anonymous said...

In fairness, according to Bernie,
Horton has paid these past debts. "I am concerned about three tax liens that Horton has managed to accumulate in three different states, although they are all paid."

Bernie O'Hare said...

Anon 7:26, Your comment is not really relevant to anything, is a personal attack, and you are anonymous. That's why your comment was removed.If you want to discuss te sexual life of either candidate, you should identify yourself.

Bernie O'Hare said...

In Horton's case, there were three tax liens in three different states. There was a repossessed car. There is a failure to report a source of income on his Statement of Financial Interests.

In Connolly's case, there are late payments of what seem to be property taxes. I do not know whether liens were ever filed. If not, then I have to wonder how Boscola knew? Was someone feeding her campaign information from the inside?

I will look into this today.

Anonymous said...

His property was up for sheriff's sale in September.

Anonymous said...

Bernie
Do voters think Connelly's excuse for not paying his taxes is sound?
Couldn't he have made payment arrangments?

Anonymous said...

"Matt Connolly is a breath of fresh air in the district. Honest, clean and forward thinking. And , yes, he did own up to being late with his taxes and He paid them."

But he isn't honest. If he owed taxes and refused to pay them, that's not honest.

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Anonymous said...

His property was up for sheriff's sale in September.

8:09 AM

What property? What September?

Anonymous said...

Anon 7:26, Your comment is not really relevant to anything, is a personal attack, and you are anonymous. That's why your comment was removed.If you want to discuss te sexual life of either candidate, you should identify yourself.

7:41 AM
Blogger Bernie O'Hare said...

In Horton's case, there were three tax liens in three different states. There was a repossessed car. There is a failure to report a source of income on his Statement of Financial Interests.

Bernie
What is it with politicians and taxes. They don't pay their own but the poor taxpayer that struggles and goes without to pay his is what...
We didn't realize Horton owed taxes in three states. There does seem to be a pattern.

Anonymous said...

Bernie
Are people allowed to make tax payment arrangements? Do you know?

Anonymous said...

Bernie
Can you post a link to Gunther's radio show of last Friday so people can hear what happened?

Anonymous said...

Bernie
Permission to Post:
Maybe you'll do a post about this?

Someone recently said the Call is trying to rent out its first floor. Who knows but how much longer can the paper exist with falling subscriptions?

"Newspaper circulation fell in the Lehigh Valley over the past six months, a consistent industry trend partly due to readers continuing to defect to the Internet for information.
The average weekday circulation of The Morning Call, the Lehigh Valley's largest news organization, dropped 5.7 percent to 94,859. Its Sunday print circulation dropped 2.3 percent to 121,168. Average weekday circulation for The Express-Times in Easton dropped 3 percent to 40,965 and its Sunday circulation dropped 1.3 percent to 42,610.

Anonymous said...

Actual subscribing households are much lower. Those numbers include individual copies purchased, as well as scads of copies delivered to people who never asked for them, who think they've cancelled, "program" copies and electronic editions that go to schools.

Next year, the rules change in favor of newspapers double-counting one household that gets the print and also accesses the electronic version. Year/year comparables will be useless, and unwitting advertisers will get schtuped, again.

Anonymous said...

let's assume is property tax bill was $10,000 (that's probably pretty high unless his property is a big one). First, being in business and not paying your taxes is a sign of having bad business plans. Second, I am sure he paid himself along with him employees. What I want to know is how much he paid himself? Was it more than the regional average? I ask b/c if he took home more than the regional average and didn't pay his taxes, then he deserves this.

I do disagree with calling him a tax cheat: he's more like a dead beat. The fact that some of the radical right commentors are defending this irresponsibility is pathetic.

Anonymous said...

If Connelly made excuses for breaking the law once, twice or more for all we know, what's to say he won't do the same if elected to public office? Why did he even consider running for public office knowing he had not paid his tax bills!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

let's assume is property tax bill was $10,000 (that's probably pretty high unless his property is a big one). First, being in business and not paying your taxes is a sign of having bad business plans. Second, I am sure he paid himself along with him employees. What I want to know is how much he paid himself?

good points.

PHN said...

He states his reasoning for not paying his taxes was that he had to pay his employees first. Did he not think that there are employees who depend on his taxes to pay their salaries?

Anonymous said...

I do disagree with calling him a tax cheat: he's more like a dead beat. The fact that some of the radical right commentors are defending this irresponsibility is pathetic.

9:18 AM

So his campaign slogan is:
"I'm not a witch. I'm a deadbeat."

Anonymous said...

Not paying taxes qualifies him for a cabinet postion in Obama's administration. Just ask Tim Geithner.

Anonymous said...

"Not paying taxes qualifies him for a cabinet postion in Obama's administration. Just ask Tim Geithner."

Bull crap. If it's wrong for Obama folks to be in this pickle, it's wrong for Tea Party backed candidates. Bernie, I really hope you do research and give this guy the same treatment you have given to others. Voters: register your NOTA votes next Tues.

Bernie O'Hare said...

"Are people allowed to make tax payment arrangements? Do you know?"

Yes, If someone is unable to pay his taxes, he can enter into a payment plan with the tax claim bureau.

Bernie O'Hare said...

"Can you post a link to Gunther's radio show of last Friday so people can hear what happened?"

I have the audio of the broadcast at the beginning of my post. Look for the gray and black horizontal line at the top. I checked it and it was working.

Anonymous said...

Tax cheating is SOP for the hope and change crowd. Geithner purposely played to outlast the statute of limitations, but had to pay up in exchange for the SecTreas nomination. Geithner, Charlie Rangel and Barney Frank have made it clear that only honest dummies pay taxes. when you think about it, you realize that they are the original tea partiers, albeit to avoid the system they built, bill by bill.

Anonymous said...

Bernie O'Hare said...

"Can you post a link to Gunther's radio show of last Friday so people can hear what happened?"

I have the audio of the broadcast at the beginning of my post. Look for the gray and black horizontal line at the top. I checked it and it was working.

2:41 PM

Thanks Bernie. You're really quite the electronics engineer!
Sure appreciate your time.

Bernie O'Hare said...

Mon plaisir. It was one helluva' conversation.

I hope WAEB does not complain.

Anonymous said...

Hey Pal you are late - what if everyone in the state, municipality, county or school district did the same thing? Be real and stop making excuses. Be like some of us --- work a second job or third. But don't make excuses, it doesn't fly with this voter.

Anonymous said...

What is with the attacks and snide remarks about Lisa's sexual preferences.

Anonymous said...

She broke too many promises. She has done nothing for the valley. The Delaware River Toll Bridge Commission still exists and still is managed very poorly despite her promises during the last election to do something about it. I encourage you all to visit the state site to see who here donors are and let them know you will not patronize their businesses. Matt has a family and a business, he already demonstrates to me he is a higher caliber person than Lisa Lisa.

Anonymous said...

I think the real problem is no one listens to WAEB. Everyone that heard this conversation heard a recording posted online. That station is awful. Too many commercials, the guy in the morning is boring, the don't really ever cover the local stories and issues. This area has plenty of issues and if you ever tune in you get a horrific traffic report, boring conversation about what the guy did over the weekend and about 45 minutes of commercials in a span of 60 minutes.

Anonymous said...

Hey anon 12:50, Lisa's brother works for the Delaware river toll authority so why would she get involved.

Anonymous said...

"He paid them with interst and admitted that he paid his employees first. The taxes are paid, that is not a tax cheat.
Unpaid taxes are a tax cheat. lying to lower your taxes and hiding income or assets. those are tax cheats. the term does not apply to someone who has solved the problem ina timely manner"

no, that's a taxcheat who got caught.

Anonymous said...

I took a look at Mr. Connolly's day job. That's a nice day job. For someone who is a businessman in the Lehigh Valley, I can only find a record of him being in business since November of 2005 (from the PA department of corporations). What has he done from 1990 up until 2005? If he was a businessman, shouldn't there be some sort of public record for this? If he paid his employees instead of his property taxes, I'd like to hear from these employees as to his due diligence when it came to paying their salary in full and on time. Does this seem unfair? I don't think so but I'd like to see some proof. For someone who claims, "PA has a spending problem, not an income problem" I sure don't want to vote for someone that can't practice what they preach.

Anonymous said...

I first met Matt a few years ago at Moravian Academy. His daughter went there with my son. I feel that if we want to spend our own money and send our children to a school that is well above the local school system, we should not be double taxed (paying to send our kids to a superior school but fund a terrible school district). Matt knows what he is talking about. We need to get rid of property and school taxes. Why support programs that do not work.

Anonymous said...

Wow, anon 6:31, I find it odd that Matt had enough money to send his child to a private school that costs about $20,000 per year, but he let his property go to sherrif's action before he paid his taxes.

Anonymous said...

I had no idea who Boscola was running against until today when I started reviewing. Honestly I'm on anti incumbent kick right now and was planning to vote for who is running against Lisa. When I got onto Connolly's web page and heard the audio from Gunther's show I had a change of heart. First off I didn't know that Gunther was still on the air or that AM still existed! LL seriously. I hate Gunther on many levels and just because of him I will vote for Lisa B on Tuesday... Shame, but Gunther represents all that is wrong with republicans these days. they talk up republican values but truly do not...