"During my first two terms, we have made real progress on addressing the priorities of the people of the 131st District but there is still much left to be resolved," said Simmons. "Issues such as pension reform, education funding reform and more must be addressed to protect the future of our state, our community and taxpayers."
Simmons' efoorts led to enactment of "Caylee's Law,” a child protection bill by the House which would increase the penalties for the crime of concealing the death of a child. He also introduced legislation giving taxpayers the final say in whether to allow debt increases in home-rule charter counties. This bill was signed into law by Governor Corbett. Lehigh County voters overwhelmingly voted for this referendum in last November’s election.
Simmons also noted his on-going effort to reform the public pension system in Pennsylvania to help taxpayers at the state and school district levels. Pennsylvania currently faces a $47 billion shortfall in its pension systems that will only continue to grow if no action is taken. The result will be either rising taxes or significant cuts to services.
“The current public pension system is broken and it threatens the future of our school districts and the taxpayers,” said Simmons. “I support an approach that would protect the benefits of current enrollees, places new hires into a 401(k)-type system that provides them with greater control over their retirement funds, and is fair to taxpayers."
Simmons continues to lead by example on the pension issue, as well as other reform issues, by refusing the taxpayer-funded defined benefit pension, per diems and other perks.
Representative Simmons and his wife, Erica, reside in Upper Saucon Township.
Due to constitutionally mandated redistricting, the 131st District in which Simmons is running for re-election includes all of Lower Milford, Upper Milford and Upper Saucon Townships, and the Boroughs of Coopersburg, Emmaus and part of Salisbury Township, in Lehigh County; Upper Hanover Township and the Boroughs of East Greenville, Pennsburg and Red Hill in Montgomery County; and, parts of Lower Saucon Township in Northampton County.
So Does SchlossbergFrom the bottom of my heart, thank you to the +100 who showed up tonight at the campaign kick-off. You braved the cold, snow and ice to attend and I truly appreciate it. Special thanks to the always wonderful Jennifer Mann for her kind words and the beautiful introduction of the best woman in the world, Brenna Schlossberg. Moment of the day: when Auron grabbed the microphone and interupted Mommy's speech. It was awesome.
I wake up every day honored by the faith that the people of the 132nd have placed in me, and I wake up every day, excited to see what challenges the sunrise will bring. I'm looking forward to earning a 2nd term.
When I rread Schlossberg fawn over sell-out Jenn Mann, I hope someone takes him on.