Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Chamber Public Policy Committee meets State Representative Justin Simmons

Dorota Gasienica-Kozak, Esquire King Spry Herman Freund & Faul, LLC

State Representative Justin Simmons recently visited with the Public Policy Committee, as part of the committee’s mission to meet with every Lehigh Valley legislator on Chamber’s policies and how we can continue to make a meaningful impact for our members.

Simmons serves the 131st Legislative District which covers parts of Lehigh, Montgomery and Northampton counties. He was born in Pennsylvania, raised in the Lehigh Valley and graduated from Southern Lehigh High School and Saint Joseph’s University. Serving his fourth term as Representative for the 131st Legislative District for the 2017-18 session, Simmons serves on the Children and Youth, Human Services, Liquor Control and Transportation committees.

“Finalizing a budget before the June 30 deadline that doesn’t raise taxes and spends less than last year is a top priority,” said Rep. Justin Simmons (R-Lehigh/Montgomery /Northampton). “Our goal is to reinvent Pennsylvania government by consolidating departments and enacting pro-growth policies that enhance the lives of residents. We’re also focused on implementing meaningful changes to the public pension systems that lessen the burden on taxpayers and additional liquor reforms that offer further convenience for consumers.”

Rep. Simmons indicated he will focus on two key items: Pensions and Privatizing Liquor Stores. Public Policy members were thrilled to hear that Representative Justin Simmons supports the business community by fighting to lower the Corporate Net Income Tax and eliminate the Capital Stock and Franchise Tax. Additionally, Rep. Simmons favors reducing the size of the state Legislature and eliminating wasteful spending. He also supports part-time status for members of the General Assembly and operating on a two-year budget cycle.

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