The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


October 31, 2012

Haluska best choice in 73rd

— Gary Haluska of Patton is urging voters to give him a 10th term in the state Legislature, saying he has served his constituents well and promising to push public-education funding in 2013.

Randall Wilson of Glasgow, director of information technology at WTAJ-TV in Altoona, says Haluska hasn’t done enough to promote small businesses and “after 18 years, Gary has started to lose touch with the people.”

Haluska serves on the transportation, agriculture, game and fisheries, and transportation committees. He says 2013-14 will present huge challenges for the Legislature, clicking off deteriorating highways and bridges, a pension crisis, needed water and sewage lines, and education funding cuts as the biggies.

“We need $3.5 billion each year for our bridges and highways,” he said. “Tolling major interstates is among the answers.”

What isn’t an answer, he said, is cutting the state’s gasoline tax, something proposed by Wilson.

“Electric cars pay just registration fees,” Haluska said, and with higher gasoline prices people are driving less, noting two areas cutting into gas-tax profits.

Wilson also is promising voters that he would fight to replace property taxes, and, in general, regulations that are hurting small businesses. He says legislators need to cut their salaries and pensions.

Both are longtime volunteer firefighters and promise to push for more funding for fire companies.

Wilson has been working hard on getting elected, saying he has spoken to more than 10,000 people while campaigning. That’s admirable.

Gary Haluska, too, has worked hard – for the past two decades at home and in Harrisburg.

We support Haluska and urge voters in the 73rd House District to give him two more years to continue his mission.

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