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Pennsylvania State Representative District 99

Description of office: The General Assembly is the legislative branch of government in Pennsylvania. It is composed of two houses: the Senate is the upper house, and the House of Representatives is the lower house. A majority vote in both houses is necessary to pass a law. The PA House of Representatives consists of 203 members representing one district each, with an equal number of constituents. Representatives must be at least 21 years old, have been a citizen and a resident of the state four years and a resident of their respective districts one year before their election, and shall reside in their respective districts during their terms of service. The House develops budget packages, makes taxation decisions, allocates spending, and passes laws (including redistricting in collaboration with the Senate). The House also has the exclusive authority to impeach public officials. Representatives also serve on various policy committees that may propose legislation. Term: 2 years Salary: $106,422 Vote for ONE.

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    Dave Zimmerman

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What do you see as the most pressing issues facing Pennsylvanians, and how would you address them?

What changes would you support making to Pennsylvania’s voting laws to expand access, ensure security, and support local election officials and processes?

What legislation would you support to comply with the Commonwealth Court's ruling that Pennsylvania’s school funding system is unconstitutional and must be reformed?

What changes, if any, would you support making to Pennsylvania’s abortion laws?

County Lancaster
Occupation State Representative
Qualifications Former Sales and Service Manager for an International Agriculture Company, Township Supervisor, County Planning Commission, County Agriculture Preservation Board, Welsh Mountain Preserve Board, Insurance Company Board Chairman, etc
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Economics, many people come to my office at wits end. They cannot pay rent, pay their utilities or buy groceries. They need answers from State Agencies on things like unemployment, drivers license etc. Some need a job. Some need help navigating the judicial system, or the school system, business owners and farmers are over burdened with regulations and need releif etc. etc. People, our businesses, our farms need common sense policy in place, good laws, responsive state agencies, fair tax policies, trieving business who provides our jobs, productive farms to assure the food supply, etc. etc.
Currently many do not trust our elections. When polling is done election integrity polls among the highest. Something as simple as voter identification would go a long way in building trust. Many of the senior County election officials have quit their job the past few years. We have lost much experience due to changes, confusion, uncertainty and less then clear rules.
This is a difficult one. More then forty percent of the Pennsylvania State budget is school funding. We have a huge disparity between the 500 school districts across the State. Some receive 30 percent or less and others receive 70 percent or more from state taxes. In addition property taxes continue to rise and make it difficult for seniors to keep their homes and young couples to afford a home. With these realities more and more families are not satisfied with the public school system and are finding ways other then public education to teach their children.
Babies born at 20 weeks are now surviving with our medical health advances. Yet in Pennsylvania abortion is legal up to 24 weeks.