Citing his track record for putting the best interest of the people of the 36th Legislative District foremost through decades of community service, State Rep. Harry Readshaw has announced his intent to seek re-election to the PA House of Representative, District #36.
Mr. Readshaw says he has sought to minimize the state's burden on taxpayers by reducing the size of the Legislature and reducing the impact of illegal immigration on state spending.
"Over several decades the federal government has become increasingly lax in enforcing immigration laws," Mr. Readshaw said. "As a result, Pennsylvania taxpayers are footing the bill for public assistance, education, medical care and law enforcement and incarceration related to people who are here illegally and pay no taxes themselves.
"At the same time, they are undercutting employment opportunities for Pennsylvania citizens and legal immigrants."
The state representative has also actively supported efforts to reduce the size and cost of the Legislature. In 2005, he was one of a handful of House members to vote against a large pay raise approved during a late-night session, did not take it, and was a leader in its later repeal.
He has proposed that the Commonwealth shift to a two-year budget process that will allow state, county, local agencies and school districts to better plan concerning a two-year funding commitment. This would relieve speculation each spring of how much state funding they wll receive in the next fiscal year.
"We cannot permit Pennsylvania to go through another senseless budget crisis as we endured last year," he said.
Rep. Readshaw was also one of a handful of Southwest Pennsylvania Democrats who brought about a successful rebellion that ended the governor's plans to address a revenue shortfall by increasing the Personal Income Tax.
The 26th Legislative District includes all or part of the City of Pittsburgh 16th, 17 th, 18 th, 29 th, 30 th, 31st and 32nd Wards and the Borough of Mount Oliver in addition to all or part of the boroughs of Baldwin, Brentwood, West Homestead and Whitehall.