Monday, September 08, 2014
Mario Scavello Kicks Off Senate Race at Weona Park
Mario Scavello, currently a State Representative, is the Republican choice for a new senatorial district that consists of most of Monroe as well as the northern half of Northampton County. He kicked off his campaign Saturday at Pen Argyl's Weona Park, attracting at least 300 people before he was done for the day.
Republicans offered to paint my forehead with a Republican elephant, but I told them I was holding out for a tattoo.
I did sneak a hot dog.
Scavello was willing to make one pledge when he spoke to me. "Every road and every bridge will be paved and made safer," he assured me, noting that he would make sure that $1.1 billion raised in the new Transportation Bill will come right back to this senatorial district.
"If we don't address our infrastructure, forget about jobs," Scavello added, noting no prospective employer will locate to an area with sub par roads.
Speaking of prospective employers, Scavello stated we "need to be more proactive about bringing jobs here. He will do this by supporting legislation that provides tax incentives to businesses who make new hires. He also said that we need to cultivate more of the technology jobs instead of treating them pretty poorly.
"These kids are falling through the cracks," he told me, noting they take a bus to go their high school, then get on another bus to go to the vo-tech, then a bus back to the high school and a bus home. "They spend half their day on the bus!" he complained, noting that vo-tech students should be given all the educational tools they need at one location.
Scavello believes this will be possible, thanks to redistricting. He noted new districts like his are in growing areas where the damaging impact of high taxes are felt more acutely, and will result in new members who are more inclined to support property tax return.
The Gas Tax
Mark Aurand, Scavello's Democratic opponent, has blasted the gas tax in Governor Corbett's controversial Transportation Bill. But Scavello counters that this is exactly what is needed to fund infrastructure improvements, and is the best way to do it without raising property taxes. Below is his video replay to Aurand's campaign ad.