Their sexual promiscuity gave us AIDS. Their financial promiscuity gave us the S&L Scandal and Enron. Their unwillingness to serve their country tore us apart in the 1960s. Their crap tastes gave us Disco and leg warmers and Falcon Crest.
They demanded and got free doctors, free hospitalization and free prescription drugs. Their hefty pensions are bankrupting states, counties and towns across the country.
They are the aging baby boomers – the entitled freeloading free loving mostly liberal “Me Generation” – and they have decided that they don’t want to pay for shit. And, because there are so many of them and they actually show up to vote, our politicians seem to have decided that they don’t have to.
Their latest demand is all of the revenue from Pennsylvania’s casino slots. They don’t want to pay property taxes anymore. They got the benefit of a “free” public education, their kids got the benefit of a “free” public education, and now that it’s time to pay it forward – SURPRISE – they don’t want to pay what they owe.
Sorry you squandered your retirement cash on blow and glass furniture and Studio 54.
I’ve got an idea; why don’t we put some resources toward people who will actually expand the economy rather than aging hippie liberals who want to bleed it dry?
The legislation being drafted by state Reps. Bernie O’Neill, R-29, and Scott Petri, R-178, would use Act 1 money that reduces property taxes for all homeowners under the “homestead or farmstead exclusion” to pay for the program for seniors.
“It’s going to be a hard sell,” O’Neill said. “Scott and I have been going back and forth for quite some time. We’re trying to find a way to do something to help seniors now.”
About $615 million in state-funded local tax relief will be available in 2012-2013, with an average reduction of nearly $200 per eligible Pennsylvania household. To qualify for the rebate program, area homeowners must sign up in their county for the state’s “homestead exclusion.” The reductions are subtracted from the tax bills that school districts mail in the summer.
Unlike property taxes, where increases pile up year after year, the gaming credits to homeowners aren’t cumulative and don’t keep pace with millage rates.
Petri said his constituents have told him “they’d rather see that small amount go to somebody really in harm’s way or on a fixed income. That small amount doesn’t change my life. They’d rather the money go to a parent, grandparent, or neighbor who is struggling to stay in their home.”