Wednesday, May 24, 2006

As Deep Throat told Woodward and Bernstein:
"Just follow the money"

The Morning Call published another article this morning concerning unethical activities by Republican party hacks. This time concerning an Upper Macungie Engineering firm operated by Barry Isetts. County Commissioners must approve nonbid professional services agreements of more than $10,000. They did approve contracts with Isett's firm, in 2004, when none other than TOM GORR, Upper Macungie Supervisor, was also holding a job as the county's director of General services. Barry Isett said: "We've never had any quid pro quo in anything we've done." Here's a helpful hint for all those would be investigative reporters out there: Go down to the Lehigh County board of elections and ask to see the campaign finance reports of Jane Ervin and Tom Gorr for their respective election campaigns in 2005.
Isn't it interesting how everybody who gives to them either had a job, got a job, got contracts with the respective municipality where Tom or Jane worked, or has business pending to a board where they might rule. NO Quid Pro Quo?!!! Yeah, right.
Tom Gorr is not having a very good May, first he gets exposed for misusing a Township credit card, then the Morning Call Editorial board chastises him for succumbing to "Too much Temptation", and now he's entangled in this. Tom has been making a lot of enemies in the last few years, and his opponent made him sweat to get re-elected last November. A cat has Nine Lives Mr. Gorr, as Satchel Paige titled his biography, "Don't Look Back", I think there is a Tractor Trailer full of Fogelsville Residents bearing down on you, and they've got their foot on the gas, not the break.

Rich Grucela's great idea!

It is called H.B. 2250, and would allow school districts to charge impact fees to developers for all the homes they build. It would be measured at $2500.00 per bedroom, with the first one being free, but if you build a 4 bedroom house, the fee would be $7500.00. fees would be reduced or eliminated for developments that include only homes for adults without children, low income housing, energy efficient homes, projects that preserve open space, Tepees and Igloos.(Just Joking on the last two)
Grucela is trying really hard to squeeze just a little of the developers profits out of them, to help pay for the corollary costs they inflict on some local school districts with their home construction Gold Rush.
Even if this were to pass, developers would just pass this cost onto the buyer of these Mc Mansions, who would willingly, yes gullibly, pay it.
Yet Doug, "Dudley-do wrongly" Reichley, can't or won't say he supports it, probably because he has to check back with his masters, both in Harrisburg and the land of developer Oz, to see how they want him to play it.
The end result is, this bill is a good idea, it is fair, it is reasonable, and it puts some of the burden of ever bulging school costs directly on the prime cause, ergo,
IT IS DOOMED.


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