Lemoyne (11.21.11) – The ad’s targeting Rep. Fleck (PA House 81) build on the ad campaign CAP launched on November 14th. The first round of ads targeting House members exposed some “so-called” conservative members’ less than stellar voting records.
The advertisements will start immediately and are targeted in Rep. Fleck’s district. He has voted to borrow money to finance projects like a $20 million track and field athletic complex, $1.5 million for a year round baseball training facility, to just name a couple. In addition, Fleck voted to take on $500 million in debt to fund corporate welfare for “green” energy programs.
“These are projects for the private sector to fund, but to force taxpayers to take on debt to fund them is unconscionable,” stated CAP Executive Director Leo Knepper.
CAP hopes that by highlighting some of Rep. Fleck’s more egregious votes, it might motivate him to consider what the taxpayers of this state want accomplished this year. There are a number of pro-taxpayer, pro-growth measures that need to be addressed with some expediency.
“Beyond his willingness to spend the people’s money on questionable projects, Rep. Fleck has made a habit of spearheading legislation and amendments to maintain union bosses’ control over taxpayers’ dollars. On November 16th he was the SEIU poster boy for legislation that would ban the privatization of prison health services. The day before he was the bag man for the PSEA, when he offered an amendment to the teacher evaluation package that requires charter schools to adopt the same assessment measures as those proposed for public school teachers,” Knepper said.
Unlike public schools, charter schools are subject to market forces. If the parents are unhappy with the results they won’t send their children to the school. Public school teachers on the other hand are not subject to any real performance measures. Currently, the state’s evaluation process offers two scores: satisfactory or unsatisfactory. Last year, 99.4 percent of teachers received the highest score, despite 17 of the state’s 500 school districts having barely 50 percent of its students performing at grade level, according to PA Department of Education information.
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