Wednesday, October 11, 2006

121st House District

Chritine Katsock sat down with the TL editorial board. Some highlights.

WILKES-BARRE – A Pennsylvania House candidate says she strongly supports reducing state government, even if it results in losing the seat she’s been trying to fill for years.

“We can’t continue on the road we’re on,” said Christine Katsock of Wilkes-Barre. “We can’t expect to increase spending and have taxpayers pick up the bill.”

She said she’s also in favor of reducing “perks” for state legislators, including the $600 housing allowance and the $400 car allowance, saying the annual salaries for the representatives are “more than sufficient.” Six-member staffs should also be reduced to three, Katsock said.

Katsock, 37, supports a plan to fully eliminate property taxes by shifting all school taxes to a sales tax. She said she wants sales taxes reduced from 6 percent to 5 percent across the board, but she wants more items taxed, such as pantyhose and gum.

The most interesting thing she had to say: Katsock also said TV drug commercials should be limited, stating that such ads encourage viewers to take prescription medications they might not need.

I think we're all sick of pill ads. Take a pill for your arthritis, allergies and love life, etc. Mixed in with one for a lawyer who will sue if they don't work. Topped off by an ad telling kids not to take drugs. I'm not sure what can be done on the state level to stop them.

Her opponent, Eddie Day Pashinski, has a new TV ad.


2 comments:

Bill Levinson said...

Turns out that Katsock supports caps on damages for proven malpractice. Ed Pashinski has real solutions and will work effectively with Phyllis Mundy to deliver them. I will be voting for Pashinski.

Seems that Northeast PA is the Republican Party's private turkey farm, noting that my party's candidate for the 20th Senate District also supports damage caps instead of genuine solutions. I do not even know what Phyllis Mundy's opponent plans to do about the health care crisis and I suspect that he doesn't either.

Gort said...

Bill, I read an article recently about how Anesthesiologist were the most sued doctors until they realized they had a problem. The solution was intesive training to eliminate errors and now they are some of the least sued. Sounds like a model the whole medical profession could follow.