"He believes that a vibrant local economy requires reliable roads, safe bridges and dependable transit, all of which cost money; for that reason he'd vote for the higher vehicle registration and driver's license fees proposed by the governor's transportation funding commission."
Yes, the local economy can benefit from quality infrastructure providing access for consumers and businesses. Yes, those roads and bridges do cost money, taxpayer money nonetheless!
Here is an interesting fact: The Public and Private Partnerships for Transportation Act (H.B. 3) was signed by Gov. Corbett this past July. It authorizes public private partnerships for transportation initiatives, strengthens our infrastructure and creates jobs. For infrastructure projects across the commonwealth proposals are submitted to the Public Private Transportation Partnership Board, who then examines and approves those transportation projects. The board then determines the most cost-effective approach to completing the project, whether that is the state (PennDOT) or a private company. Representative Kotik voted 'NO' on this bill.
How does Rep. Kotik plan to create "a vibrant local economy" when he is voting against his own requirements for it? Our communities need quality roads, bridges, etc., but we also need jobs too. This bill creates many jobs and saves the TAXPAYER money by choosing the most cost-effective approach while meeting our infrastructure needs. Aaron believes that The Public and Private Partnerships for Transportation Act (H.B. 3) has been a great measure for our commonwealth. Pennsylvanian's are taxed enough. Aaron knows that the right thing to do is to make efficient and effective choices that save the taxpayers money.
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Representative Kotik v Small Businesses
The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) is the leading organization that supports small businesses across America. Each year they release the voting records of our legislators at the federal and state level. The most recent report released was for this past 2011-2012 session, but it also includes the record from the 2009-2010 session as well. Representative Nick Kotik has an embarrassing record, and one that would enrage any small business owner in our area.
Take a glance at these numbers which show the rate that Rep Kotik has voted with small business each session:
2007-2008 Session - 40%
2009-2010 Session - 25%
2011-2012 Session - 44%
Small businesses are vital to our economy's growth and development. They provide our residents with goods and services, but more importantly jobs! Allegheny county has an unemployment rate of 7.3%, compared to the state rate of 7.5%. Now more than ever we need to a leader in Harrisburg who will be an advocate for our businesses and jobs! Our businesses need support and to be represented by someone who has their needs and interests in mind. Aaron understands the significance of these businesses and the impact they make in our community. Aaron would be proud to give them the support they have not had over the past several years from Rep. Kotik in Harrisburg.
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AARON KIME CALLS ON KOTIK TO LISTEN TO HIS CONSTITUENTS
(Oct. 26, 2010) – Aaron Kime, candidate for Pennsylvania’s 45th Legislative District, is calling on Representative Nick Kotik to fulfill his obligations to his constituents and take the time to listen to their concerns.
Currently in Western Pennsylvania, no issue is more hotly debated than Marcellus Shale drilling and extraction. In the community of South Fayette, two public hearings have been held to allow residents the opportunity to speak with their Township officials and express their concerns with proposed drilling projects in the area. Though the residents in this growing community have taken it upon themselves to make their voices heard, their pleas for help have fallen on deaf ears from their State Representative.
Absent from both of those public meetings was South Fayette’s representation in Harrisburg, Representative Nick Kotik.
Nick Kotik, who has represented the majority of the South Fayette region in Harrisburg for the past eight years, has done his constituents a great disservice by completely ignoring their concerns during these landmark community events. South Fayette resident Aaron Kime took the time to attend these meetings and hear the concerns that many Pennsylvanian’s have raised. Representative Kotik should have at least made the same effort.
As our State Representative, Aaron Kime would make it his priority to actively engage with his constituents by attending public meetings and holding community forums in each one of the 45th district’s municipalities. Aaron strongly believes that one cannot properly represent residents in our legislature unless they take the time to actively seek out and listen to their concerns on the issues that matter most to them.
The General Assembly in Harrisburg is in desperate need of reform and until we remove the career politicians like Nick Kotik, we will continue to suffer from this lack of communication. The constituents of the 45th District deserve better, and they can get our Commonwealth back on track by electing Aaron Kime.
The 45th District includes all or parts of twelve municipalities. Those areas consist of: Coraopolis, Kennedy, Stowe, McKees Rocks, Robinson, Pennsbury Village, Scott, Collier, Heidelberg, Carnegie, Bridgeville, and South Fayette. Election Day is Tuesday, November 2nd.
Local Newspapers Highlight Energetic Candidate Aaron Kime
Two local newspapers have highligheted how Aaron Kime brings his energy and years of community expierience to this race against a Harrisburg insider who is seeking only to advance the goals of his party's agenda. Lets send a message to Harrisburg by saying that we are done with the career politicians, and electing Aaron Kime as our State Representative!
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Pennsylvania, in the Red
Mentioned in a recent Pittsburgh Tribune Review article, Pennsylvania has been forced to borrow $3 billion from the federal government to help supplement its obligation to the Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund. Beginning this January, the PA General Assembly is going to ask local small businesses to begin paying higher taxes to help pay it back.
This is exactly the kind of backwards thinking that Aaron is going to end as our Representative. As our leaders in Harrisburg have failed to find any long term solutions for protecting our workers’ safety net, they have expected the very businesses who seek to put Pennsylvanians back to work to bear the burden of their error.
As our State Representative, Aaron will work with leaders in both labor and business to find amicable solutions that will ensure that Pennsylvanians can continue to have piece of mind if they find themselves without a job, but while ensuring that we do not become indebted.
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Nick Kotik (D-45), the least active member of the Pennsylvania General Assembly
In a June article that appeared in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, it was noted that Representative Nick Kotik is the least active legislator in the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Our elected representatives should be expected to constantly advocate for their constituents and bring their ideas to the forefront.
The citizens of the 45th District deserve a representative who will do more than just the bare minimum. This is why we need to elect Aaron Kime.
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