Saturday, January 30, 2010

Dem Gubernatorial Candidates Debate

The four Democratic candidates for governor of Pennsylvania debated for the first time last night in Harrisburg. Three of them--Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato, Scranton Mayor Chris Doherty and Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Hoeffel said they would veto state legislation to outlaw abortions in Pennsylvania if the U.S. Supreme Court were to overturn Roe v. Wade. State Auditor General Jack Wagner said he would improve services for children and pregnant women.
Onorato and Wagner said they support legislation to bar discrimination based on sexual orientation, but only Hoeffel and Doherty said they are willing to sign a bill to legalize same-sex marriage.
Hoeffel is proposing replacing the state's flat-rate income tax with a graduated rate. Onorato says that would require a constitutional amendment and he prefers passage of an earned-income tax credit that would allow lower-income families to keep more of their income.
The candidates debate again...tomorrow afternoon from 1 to 3 in the Wightman School Community Building in Squirrel Hill.

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