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If I lose, I lose. I’ll do it on my terms.
– Ed Rendell
For my part, I make this pledge to all of you: The politics of division, of pitting east against west, urban versus rural, region against region, and people against people will have no place in my Administration.
And secondly, I would impose a significant state landfill tipping fee and use that tipping fee to fund the billion dollar bond issue that I want to create to produce the funds for all of the environmental challenges that we just went over.
There are a tremendous amount of environmental issues that are on the table.
But in the long run we’re not going to be able to keep out of state trash away from Pennsylvania.
The Medicaid system currently steers people toward nursing home care. Far more people can be covered in community-based care programs for significantly less.
We’ve been working our tail off and lead by that example.
Well, the infrastructure part of the stimulus has worked. There’s absolutely no question about it. We can demonstrate in Pennsylvania and other states around the union how it’s produced good, paying jobs both on the construction sites and back in American factories. It has worked.
Is regulation per se bad? Is better regulation bad? I think better regulation is good for the business community, and I think that’s something we should get together on.
If there was a way to discourage trash constitutionally, I would sure as heck take a hard look at it. I don’t think there is. So I don’t think there’s a choice here.
Creating new jobs for Pennsylvanians continues to be my highest priority throughout the Commonwealth.
We are the second oldest state in the Union because too many of our young people are leaving Pennsylvania. They are leaving Pennsylvania behind for opportunities elsewhere.
We will not lose this election for lack of money.
I think Barack Obama has brought a new level of ethical standards to Washington. Has he changed some basic hard-knuckle politics? No. You need hard-knuckle politics to succeed.
I think a moratorium probably is legal, and we should probably for a short period of time impose a moratorium so that we don’t permit any additional landfill permits for the time being, so we don’t exacerbate the problem.
One of the things that people don’t realize is that that natural beauty, those recreational forests, they have an economic development impact for the state as well.
Number one I think we should impose a fee or a tax on the transportation of trash per mile.
I think politics today is all about false choices: You can have a robust energy economy and a challenged environment, or a great environment and no economy. That’s a false choice. You can do both.
I think if we’re going to have to landfill trash, and I think we basically have to, we might as well get the upside for it and dedicate that upside to improving the environment in so many different ways.
Like working families all across the state, we must find a way to make government live within its means.
Tourism is our second biggest industry in terms of the people it employs.
I’m interested in giving business an opportunity by improving the tax environment to invest and grow with Pennsylvania, to expand and put more money in capital investment and creating jobs.
I have said consistently both in my papers and in my speeches – which you heard in the primary campaign – that I will continue to phase out the Capital Stock and Franchise tax.
And preserving our open spaces or having them there for recreational purposes is one of the things that contributes to the high level of quality of life that we offer in Pennsylvania, and that also translates into economic benefits.
And the beautiful open spaces, the forests of Pennsylvania, the recreational uses that come from having these green open spaces and forests, they contribute dramatically to the level of our tourism, dramatically.
Growing Greener doesn’t produce money for farmland preservation or open space preservation.