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Dan Truitt has quickly become known as one of Harrisburg’s most independent voices – refusing to play partisan politics and focusing instead on the issues that matter most to the people of his community and Pennsylvania.

A successful businessman for 17 years, Dan is an engineer who brings his strong analytical skills to solving problems. Equally important, he understands the need to control costs and develop responsible budgets – as we all do in our homes and businesses.

The father of two sons, Dan is also a strong believer in maintaining and improving a strong education system. He understands that a strong education system not only prepares our children for the future, but also attracts job creators to our area, and contributes to increasing property values. That is why Dan has supported numerous budgets that increase state funding for education to its highest level ever, as well as initiatives that refocus education on teaching valuable skills, rather than teaching to tests.

A strong fiscal conservative by nature, Dan has focused much of his tenure demanding a proper balance between taxing and spending. He has worked to compromise on budget issues and is a co-sponsor of legislation to tax natural gas drilling, but opposes broad-based tax increase on working families and seniors.

Dan is a leader in the effort to reform Harrisburg and make it more accountable to taxpayers. Leading by example, Dan kept his promise to refuse the taxpayer-funded pension; he also refuses per diems while sponsoring legislation to eliminate them completely. Dan is also a supporter of fair public pension reform that would save taxpayers billions of dollars, as well as end the current pension system for legislators.

Dan and his wife, Michele, live in East Goshen and have been married for over twenty-eight years. Michele has worked as a mammography technologist for the Main Line Health System since 1988, serving countless local women by attending to their healthcare needs. When she is not working or spending time with family, Michele also volunteers with several local organizations.

As an Eagle Scout and life-long scouter, Dan continues to work with the Boy Scouts of America as an active merit badge counselor and unit commissioner here in Chester County. His scouting background and generous spirit has driven Dan to give his time to many other local organizations as well. Dan is an electrical engineer, having earned his Bachelor of Science from Villanova University and his Masters in Computer Science from West Chester University, and is the only Professional Engineer representing Pennsylvanians in the Legislature.

Endorsements


Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry
(2012,2014)

Humane PA
(2014)

National Federation of Independent Business – NFIB
(2012,2014)

Pennsylvania Business Council – PEGPAC
(2012,2014)

Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry
(2012,2014)

Fact Check

2015-2016 State Budget (8/4/2015)

Have you seen ads claiming that Dan voted against additional funding for local schools or that he put gas drillers ahead of school children? Well, rest assured that these claims by “America Works” and the Democratic Governor’s Association are completely false. They are simply part of Governor Tom Wolf’s effort to pressure Republican legislators to support his deeply flawed budget proposal for the 2015-2016 fiscal year.

The Governor wants you to believe that if we would just impose a severance tax on the natural gas industry, all of our state’s problems would be solved and we could afford to spend hundreds of millions of additional dollars on education. Here are the FACTS:

The Governor has proposed $8 Billion in new taxes. He would increase the Personal Income Tax by 20%, increase the Sales Tax by 10%, and eliminate many sales tax exemptions including diapers, college meal plans, college text books, legal and professional services, nursing home services, and funeral services. These direct attacks on your wallet would be combined with higher taxes on banks and hospitals that would impact you indirectly. His proposed severance tax on the natural gas industry accounts for only 3% of the new and increased taxes that he has proposed and because of the way that natural gas leases are structured, some Pennsylvania land-owners will ultimately be the ones to pay the severance tax as well.

The Governor has proposed to use $3.8 billion of his new revenue to provide property tax relief for all Pennsylvanians. He claims that the “average” family will see their property taxes reduced by 50%. However, Pennsylvanians pay $12.5 Billion in property taxes.

 

Platform

As our State Representative, Dan has proven that you can bring common sense to government to make a positive difference for people since he was first elected in 2010.

Putting Taxpayers First
Dan has used his real-world experiences as a businessman to work for strong fiscal controls that make sure the state is spending only what it has in revenue, while focusing on priorities like education and job creation. He supports a severance tax on natural gas drilling, but opposes increases in broad-based income or sales taxes on working families and seniors.

Dan is also a strong supporter of property tax reform – including bipartisan education funding formula changes – that would eliminate property taxes for ALL homeowners while ensuring fair funding of our local schools.

Sparking Economic & Job Growth
As a successful business owner for over 17 years, Dan has first-hand experience in knowing how government can better help employers and entrepreneurs grow our economy and create good-paying jobs. As Representative, he has used this knowledge to work for common sense initiatives – from tax reforms to regulatory changes – that make Pennsylvania more competitive in the national and global marketplace.

Dan’s work has helped keep Chester County’s unemployment rate among the lowest in the state, and earned him the endorsement of job creators like the Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry, the NFIB, as well as other organizations.

Making Education & Local Schools a Priority
As a father of two school aged sons (college and high school), Dan knows the value of high quality education and the need for strong local schools. As Representative, he has repeatedly supported budgets that provide record amounts of state funding for education – raising it to its highest level ever. But Dan also understands that improving education is about more than just giving colleges and school districts more money.

Dan advocates for Pennsylvania’s students by introducing and supporting legislation that would provide more flexibility and local control to parents, teachers, and administrators. He believes in increased educational opportunities (such as vocational education and the trades) for all children, and affordable secondary education. In addition to introducing innovative educational legislative initiatives that make sure schools are focusing on teaching important skills children need to succeed, Dan also supports legislation that accomplishes the same when it is introduced by others, regardless of party affiliation. For several years, Dan has been fighting for the elimination of Keystone exams as a graduation requirement by the State, and will continue to lead the charge in their permanent elimination as a graduation requirement, allowing local districts the control to determine how Keystone exams should be used in conjunction with their own curriculum.

Leading by Example on Reform
Dan believes government works best when our elected officials are 100% committed to us. That’s why he leads by example – he has kept his promise to refuse the taxpayer-paid pension, per diems, and perks, and will continue to do so. He also supports legislative initiatives that would end the current pension system for elected officials, and end the per diem system by making legislators follow I.R.S. guidelines for expense reimbursements. During the budget impasse Dan chose not to cash his paychecks from July through December, and has co-sponsored legislation that would penalize legislators by eliminating their pay during an impasse if future budgets are not passed by the June 30 deadline, as is required by our State Constitution.

Dan also supported new initiatives that are increasing accountability and transparency by posting state and school district spending information on-line for public review. He also supports new legislation that would help curb the power of special interest lobbyists in Harrisburg, as well as other measures that would bring reform and accountability to the Legislature, Governor, and Judicial branches of government.

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