MT. HOLLY SPRINGS, Pa. (WHTM) – Lots of state issues were on the table Thursday night as Republican state Representative Stephen Bloom hosted a “Coffee and Convo” town hall.
When asked about his concerns with Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed state budget, Bloom said, “My biggest concern is that the governor is asking for a billion dollars in new taxes.”
Constituents commented about property taxes.
Bloom has voted for tax reforms that have failed to pass, but he says they may find new life this spring.
“They would replace the school property tax system that we have today with a combination of sales and income tax,” he said.
Others asked about Senate Bill 10, which discourages sanctuary cities by stripping funding to local law enforcement agencies that don’t enforce federal immigration laws.
Bloom says he is on the fence and will not commit to the bill yet.
He was also asked if he felt Pennsylvania farms would suffer if they couldn’t hire undocumented immigrants.
“I absolutely acknowledge the importance of the immigrant labor force for our farmers, and I still think it needs to be done legally,” he said.
Bloom also took questions on fracking. He says he thinks imposing higher taxes on natural gas drillers will drive them away.
He also said he supports pension reform including a 401(k)-style retirement plan for new state employees.