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Richard Ruggieri for PA District 13

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As your next State Representative for District 13, I’ll be a true independent voice in Harrisburg.

There are many issues facing District 13 that we must solve together. I’m a veteran who understands the meaning of the word sacrifice. I am a pragmatic problem solver and a leader who will bring honor, dignity and respect to all people in our community. When elected, my chief responsibility is to serve you. Your needs will be my needs. My voice will be your voice in Harrisburg.
As your next State Representative for District 13, I will be a tireless advocate for you.  I will lead the fight to make your PA government accountable and responsible. We must begin with the issues that matter most to our our community, including:
  • Agriculture
  • Education and Job Training
  • Families
  • Fire Arm Safety
  • Health Care
  • Law Enforcement
  • Opioids
  • PA Business
  • Property Tax Reform
  • Rural Economy
  • Seniors
  • Stewardship of Natural Resources
  • Transportation and Infrastructure
  • Veterans

Education and Job Training

I believe in the power of education to lift up a community. My wife, Christina, and I are products of public education. My older son attends Avon Grove schools and my younger son will start next fall. My mother is a graduate of the Oxford Area School District, and my father is a graduate of Kennett Consolidated School District.

Pennsylvania Constitution. Article 3, section 14 says:
“The General Assembly shall provide for the maintenance and support of a thorough and efficient system of public education to serve the needs of the Commonwealth.”

As your next state representative, I am committed to ensuring every child in District 13 and across Pennsylvania has access to great public schools. That begins with a community that fosters a love of learning. We do this by supporting students, teachers, parents, therapists, and other educational professionals. We must ensure safe, healthy environments where our children can gain skills and confidence. We must teach empathy along with arithmetic, and we must create conscientious citizens along with scientists and CPAs.

As evidenced by my own life story, college is not always the first step in a successful life. As a community, we must support alternative paths to success, such as military service and vocational training. We need to distinguish between cyber and brick and mortar charter schools. For the future of our community, state and country, all publicly-funded schools must be held to the same high standards.

I received a world-class education at Pennsylvania State University. From community college to universities, we need affordable, high-caliber, in-state options for our students. Only then can we ensure our best and brightest will stay right here in the commonwealth.  No matter your age, Pennsylvanians should have the opportunity to better their lives through education; job training is the key to opening doors for all constituents.

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” —Maimonides

Education is always a great investment as it is a key factor in increasing the socio-economic growth of a community.

Property Tax Reform

On average, 37% of any given school district’s budget is provided by the state.  This is down from the state’s share that was 54%.  This means local school districts are on the hook for 63% of the funding for their schools. 75% of Pennsylvania’s school districts intend to raise property taxes to fill the gap from a diminished state share.  Property tax increases have a disproportionate effect on seniors living on fixed incomes.  Many seniors tell me that they feel they need to choose between their homes or their medication. The dignity of our seniors is at the heart of property tax reform.

Our government has a responsibility to fund public education and not hoist this burden on the taxpayers. We must end partisan gridlock and find solutions. When elected, I will bring real leadership with new insights and new solutions—pragmatic problem solving for our seniors, our children and our entire commonwealth community.

Stewardship of Natural Resources

When I was sworn into the United States Air Force, I took an oath to defend the Nation and uphold our Constitution. As your next State Representative for District 13, I will take my oath just a seriously. We have an environmental crisis in our own backyard, and we must take decisive steps now to protect our Pennsylvania natural resources before it is too late.

Pennsylvania Constitution. Article I, Section 27 says:
“The people have a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment. Pennsylvania’s public natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come. As trustee of these resources, the Commonwealth shall conserve and maintain them for the benefit of all the people.”

I grew up on a farm and have a deep respect for the land from my youth. I support stricter laws to protect our air, water and land. As your next State Representative for District 13, my first action will be to write legislation reversing the devastating effects of 2016’s Act 12  that placed the Chester Water Authority (CWA) at risk for a hostile corporate takeover by a for-profit water company. Also, I will put forth legislation to place the CWA in a trust, and by doing so, our water and watershed will be safe for future generations. It is time to root out the corruption of special interests in our legislature. Our natural resources belong to us and must not be in the hands of those who are looking for profit over the health and safety of our community. We must stop those who blatantly defy our constitutional rights as Pennsylvanians.

I support energy production from clean and renewable sources. As renewables become cheaper and more efficient, there will be rapid expansion and opportunities. I believe that Pennsylvania, specifically Chester County and District 13, must take advantage of job growth in this sector. By doing this, we will live up to the ideal set forth by our state Constitution to be stewards of our natural resources.

Statement on Chester Water Authority

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Richard Ruggieri for PA 13
PO Box 12 • Oxford, PA 19363

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