Op/Ed: Trump budget cuts will be devastating to Chester County

By Kathi Cozzone, Chester County Commissioner Chester County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone It’s déjà vu all over again.  The numbers and the analyses are out and President Trump’s FY 2020 budget contains brutal cuts even more drastic than his 2018 budget.  This budget targets key federal programs that are vital to Pennsylvania counties which provide necessary human services, emergency services...

Op/Ed: How mandates raise your local school taxes

By Lisa Longo, President, Phoenixville Area School District Board of Education Lisa Longo Do you wonder sometimes why property taxes increase? I did and I decided to start attending school board meetings to understand. That was seven years ago. Now, as a member of our school board, I can share what I have learned. I discovered a large part of a school district budget is mandated. Congressional...

Chris Ross talks Harrisburg and good government

By Nathaniel Smith, Columnist, The Times Former state representative Chris Ross (R-158) recently was so kind as to spend an hour and a half talking with me about his 20 years representing a district that stretches from eastern and southern West Goshen west through the Bradfords and then south as far as London Britain and the Delaware border.   I had interviewed him before back in the fall of 2012....

Op/Ed: Government to blame for EpiPen price hikes?

By Joe Pitts, Member, U.S House of Representatives, (R-16)  U.S. Rep. Joe Pitts (R-16) As the summer sun rises high in the sky, many of us are finishing out the season by enjoying the last remnants of our vegetables and flower blooms. Bees are ever present, seeking out nectar from their favorite flowers, and along with that comes inevitable bee stings. For some, a single sting can cause their...

Schuck named to county assessment/tax post

Jonathan Schuck WEST CHESTER —Jonathan Schuck of Malvern has been appointed the new director of Chester County’s Real Estate Assessment and Tax Claim department by the Chester County Commissioners. Schuck, an assistant director of the department, has been serving as interim director following the retirement of Jeff Laudenslager earlier this year. He has been working in the department since...

Who did build that?

The role of government — and how it needs to change — in terms of small business won’t fit on a placard or a sound bite By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times The burden — or helping hand — of government and its role with small business was placed front and center this week in a pair of back-to-back rallies on the old courthouse steps in West Chester Thursday. The furor over President...

Are taxes evil?

Is willy-nilly cutting any more responsible than out of control spending? By Mike McGann, Editor, UnionvilleTimes.com Are taxes evil? Is government evil? Are those who serve in government evil by extension? For some time now, the case has been made that taxes, government and government officials are wretched things. Taxes and government should never, ever be increased and cut when possible. Now,...