HARRISBURG, Aug. 24 – State Rep. Jaret Gibbons, D-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence, today said his Tele-Town Hall meeting held Tuesday night showed that 10th Legislative District constituents’ top three concerns are job creation, property tax reduction and health care.
Gibbons said the input he received will be invaluable when he returns to Harrisburg to further work on issues that matter to his constituents
“I am pleased that hundreds of constituents participated in the discussion,” Gibbons said. “It’s so much more convenient for constituents to participate from their homes and, at the same time, for me to reach thousands of people in my district.”
Of those who responded, 28 percent believe the most important issue is job creation, 24 percent want property tax reduction and 24 percent are concerned about health care.
When asked what should be the top priority when it comes to investing state dollars, 42 percent of respondents answered cutting property taxes and funding schools. Other concerns included crime and drug use, funding social services, improving infrastructure, instituting legislative term limits and more banning of gifts to lawmakers.
Gibbons also was able to fully explain information on his legislation, affectionately referred to as “Daniel’s Law,” which is designed to toughen penalties for distracted driving accidents. The bill is expected to be voted on by the full Senate when the legislature reconvenes this fall.
Gibbons introduced the legislation on behalf of Daniel Gallatin, who was killed in 2013 while riding his motorcycle. He was hit from behind by a driver who was texting while driving.
“I am glad I had a chance to fully explain the merits of the bill and, as I said, I will fight to ensure that my legislation makes it to the governor’s desk to be signed into law,” Gibbons said.
Gibbons said the results show that everything he is fighting for in Harrisburg represents constituents’ concerns.
Click here to listen to Gibbons’ tele-town hall in its entirety.