18 Years Promising Property Tax Elimination With No Results!
"You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time."
"Rohrer took on each charge, arguing that he has supported reducing burdensome mandates on public schools and has worked on measures to eliminate property taxes since his first term in 1992."
Reading Eagle Oct 30 2002
"Rohrer's math questioned by both parties"
Reading Eagle September 17, 2003
""We had better get some tax reform out of there soon," Rohrer said. "That is one of the most pressing issues facing the state," he said."
Reading Eagle September 27, 1993
"Rohrer said the members of both chambers and both parties realize the importance of finding another way to fund education."
Reading Eagle December 11, 1993
"We've gone beyond the point where the people can put up with this" he said. "We are spending more than we can afford."
Rohrer said the Perzel agenda to get something by the end of the month is aggressive but not unreasonable, considering how long and how many proposals the House has been considering"
Reading Eagle October 9 1995
"Rep. Samuel Rohrer, a Robeson Township Republican said he believes the General Assembly is ready to tackle property tax in earnest. "This is going to have to be done in the fall," he said."
Reading Eagle July 8, 1996
"Rohrer said tax reform could pass easily if it is taken up before a protracted debate on campaign finance reform."
Reading Eagle September 23, 1996
"Rohrer said the rank-and-file members are pushing for consideration of the tax reform bill, but he has an inkling the leaders will hold off until the next session. "I've heard the thinking among the governors staff is tax reform should be done in February," Rohrer said"
Reading Eagle November 11, 1996
"Rohrer said. "All the issues are before the Finance Committee. i believe we will get the job done before June."
Reading Eagle February 17. 1998
""The property tax has got to go," Rohrer said, "I just don't know how much further it can be put off. We've got to deal with it because it's killing everybody."
Reading Eagle September 24, 2001
""I don't think it (property-tax reform) should be characterized as anything other than a tax shift," said Rep. Samuel E. Rohrer, a Robeson Township Republican."
Reading Eagle September 22, 2002
"The plan was unveiled in April, but legislation has not been drafted spelling out the details."
Reading Eagle February 19, 2004
""For all his bluster and salesmanship, Rohrer has yet to produce legislation that spells it out. Heâ€™s out there selling pigs in a poke.""
John D. Forester Jr. Reading Eagle March 27, 2004
"Rep. Samuel E. Rohrer, a Robeson Township Republican, said legislation with details of the plan will be introduced and sent to the state House Finance Committee for consideration. Rohrer predicted that legislation implementing the changes will pass both chambers before the end of the year."
Reading Eagle May 14, 2004
"The four-bill package probably will not be considered by the full House until at least 2005, supporters have said. "
Reading Eagle October 8, 2004
â€œOne thing the debate on the Commonwealth Caucus Plan revealed is there wasnâ€™t support for completely abolishing school property taxes within the House.â€
Republican Representative Samuel H. Smith, Reading Eagle November 23, 2005
"Just 69 lawmakers â€” well short of the 102 votes needed to pass most legislation â€” supported the Commonwealth Caucus Plan. It was the second time in less than a month that lawmakers rejected the plan calling for expanding the state sales tax to food, clothing and most services in exchange for eliminating school property taxes."
Reading Eagle December 14, 2005
"The state Department of Revenue calculated the plan would fall about $4 billion short of raising the $10 billion needed to eliminate school taxes."
Reading Eagle February 6, 2006
"Lawmakers again reject tax-shift plan...
The House voted 128 to 74 late Tuesday to reject one of the five bills that make up the Commonwealth Caucus Plan"
Reading Eagle June 15 2006
" "Increasing the sales tax would create a predictable pool of money," said state Rep. Samuel E. Rohrer, a Robeson Township Republican"
Reading Eagle March 2 2007
"Sales tax receipts totaled $688.3 million for September, $33.3 million below estimate. Sales tax collections year-to-date total $2.2 billion, which is $61.1 million, or 2.7 percent, less than anticipated."
Pennsylvania Department of Revenue September 30, 2008
"The House voted 148-47 against a Republican-sponsored proposal that is an adaptation of Rohrerâ€™s plan"
Reading Eagle January 30, 2008
"Rohrer is confident he can get the plan to the House floor for a vote by tying it to budget deliberations.
â€œThe taxpayers are sick of the tweaking,â€ he said. â€œTheyâ€™re sick of hollow promises. Theyâ€™re sick of blaming it on somebody else. They want it done. â€œWe will prevail.""
Sam Rohrer Reading Eagle May 11, 2008