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AG Shapiro and State Rep. Davis stop by Williamsport

MARK MARONEY/Sun-Gazette State Attorney General Josh Shapiro speaks during a campaign stop at the Young Men’s Democratic Club in Williamsport on Saturday.

Gubernatorial candidate and state Attorney General Josh Shapiro and state Rep. Austin Davis, who seeks to become lieutenant governor, stopped by Williamsport on Saturday ahead of the May 17 primary asking for votes and promising an accountable administration if elected on Nov. 8 for all Pennsylvanians.

Their appearance resulted in a packed Young Men’s Democratic Club at 230 East St.

With no challengers in the state primary, Shapiro stressed the importance of getting another 100 or 200 people to the upcoming election, alluding especially to the deciding general election on Nov. 8.

Shapiro said it is a critical time and that he and Davis are “meeting this moment to build a Pennsylvania that includes all of us.”

He also dismissed the notion that it was Philadelphia and Pittsburgh voters alone who would result in victory, but rather those eligible voters in Greater Williamsport who would “close the margin” in what presumably will be a close race.

Economic incentives

While saying inflationary pressures were as much based on global and national factors, Shapiro and Davis have a three-part plan to address the state in terms of revenue production.

Chiefly, they want to end nuisance taxes and Shapiro noted how cell phone tax costs consumers 11% more when they pay their cell phone bill.

Shapiro said as governor that he would eliminate the tax.

To ease the burden of consumers when they go to the gas pumps he would institute a rebate check of $250 per car. If the owner has two cars that would be $500, etc.

Cutting gas tax, Shapiro said, would not be the right path and would instead result in defunding police. That money would be better to be used toward the repair of bridges and roads rather than lining the pockets of those operating large gas and oil companies, he said.

Shapiro vowed his administration would cut taxes, raise the minimum wage and strive for more bipartisanship in public office.

Shaprio said he endorsed Davis because he exhibited times when he would compromise and work with Republican colleagues in the House to accomplish goals and achieve tasks on behalf of all Pennsylvanians.

“Austin has a long track record and is respected in being able to bring people together,” Shapiro said.

Education overhaul and

remaining tough on criminals

In terms of improvements to the educational system, Shapiro advocates for safer and better school environments that include a need for at least one mental health professional in every school district and elimination of standardized tests in favor of proven effective curriculum and outcomes that involve the restoration of Civics taught and more investment in curriculum attuned toward tomorrow’s workforces in science, mathematics, technology and vocational career paths.

Under a Shaprio-Davis led administration the economy would be world-class and broadbased through investing in small and large businesses they consider to be the lifeline of the state economy.

Shapiro promised to restore cities through investment — not defunding police and public safety personnel.

As attorney general who was twice elected Shapiro said he was in charge of ensuring 8,100 arrests of drug dealers and he has never backed down against white collar criminals or public corruption at any level.

Election integrity

To do this he will appoint a secretary of state who ensures Pennsylvanians have a safe and honest election and said in his campaign that he will protect vote by mail.

As for his record on election integrity he said he fought 43 lawsuits by former President Donald Trump and that former federal administration is 0 and 43.

He referenced the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection of the U.S. Capitol and said that a likely Republican opponent chartered a bus to attend the rally that became violent and deadly.

Rights for all law-abiding citizens

Shapiro said his administration would be recognized as non-discriminatory by protecting all rights including for anyone regardless of any political leaning, gender, sexual orientation or any other bias of anyone that is law-abiding.

Shapiro touched on the topical issue that resulted in the leak of the opinion of the majority of the Supreme Court justices that alluded to overturning Roe v. Wade and a person’s choice to have an abortion.

Abortion is legal in Pennsylvania under state law.

It will remain legal, no matter what SCOTUS rules.

“The only way women lose their rights in Pennsylvania is if our Republican legislature passes an abortion ban and a governor signs it,” Shapiro said.

“I’m going to fight like hell, and veto that bill.”

The Lycoming County Democratic Party hosted the event with party Chairwoman Linda Sosniak introducing the guests and Williamsport Mayor Derek Slaughter and County Commissioner Rick Mirabito in attendance as was David Raker, state Democratic Committee member for Lycoming County.

Williamsport AG

investigation notes

A Shapiro spokesman said it was a campaign stop and any questions regarding a Shapiro-led criminal investigation of prior administration in Williamsport and prior management of River Valley Transit needed to be directed to the attorney general office. Investigators there have told the Sun-Gazette they are not commenting. Several attorney general office agents have attended City Council meetings following results of River Valley Transit prior-year audits before Slaughter took office that auditors said indicated possible misallocation and misappropriation of funds.

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