Citizens for Dan Williams

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ISSUES


These are the issues you will find on my literature, and are some of my primary concerns. Please see below for more information on all of them and other issues. – Dan


Investing in Our Community

Investing in high quality jobs, maintaining our public infrastructure, and stimulating responsible economic growth promotes our American ideals and restores depleted revenues to our local communities.


Revitalizing our Schools

Promoting public education improves our democracy and energizes our economy. Supporting our students with high quality teachers and fairly funded classroom allows our entire community to thrive and achieve.


Protecting our Neighborhoods

Improving our state background check system, championing responsible gun safety measures, and encouraging addiction rehabilitation programs protects our friends from gun violence and helps combat the opioid epidemic.

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Investing in Our Community

Investing in high quality jobs, maintaining our public infrastructure, and stimulating responsible economic growth promotes our American ideals and restores depleted revenues to our local communities.


Jobs & Infrastructure

Promoting economic growth that benefits everyone in the 74th District will increase our tax base without raising taxes, to create a more prosperous income base for all.


Promoting economic growth that benefits everyone in the 74th District will increase our tax base without raising taxes, and create a more prosperous income base for all. Dan is already working to bring vocational training to the 74thfor those who want a good job with a sustainable income, and worthwhile benefits. The good paying jobs coming with revitalization in Coatesville should go to area residents. As should the jobs that repairing our failing infrastructure will bring. The Route 30 bypass, and many local roads and bridges continue to fall into disrepair, and are patched up only when they reach a critical point.


We need to start truly fixing our infrastructure, instead of applying band-aids here and there when they become extremely unsafe or unusable. One thing I’d like to see done soon is to extend the entry ramp to the Route 30 bypass East from Route 82 North. The short ramp creates a dangerous merge into fast moving traffic that has a difficult time seeing someone who is merging in until the last minute. The ramp should be extended another 1,000 feet or more for safer merging. There are of course many other things across the 74th District that should be remedied – from roads that need repaving, to bridges that need repair, to simply properly filling some of our worst potholes. I’m not going to promise we’ll be able to remedy all of these issues immediately. That would be unrealistic. But, as your State Representative, I will seek input from all in the community to set priorities on fixing our infrastructure and work hard in Harrisburg to fix what we can, as we can.


Revitalizing our Schools

Promoting public education improves our democracy and energizes our economy. Supporting our students with high quality teachers and fairly funded classroom allows our entire community to thrive and achieve.


Hold the Line on Property Taxes

Balanced budgets with the state contributing more towards education costs as it did in the past, while providing quality education for all.


I want to work with Governor Wolf to have the state pay a larger share of education costs, as it did in the past, instead of draining the pockets of property owners. With me and other Dems backing his plan, Governor Wolf will finally be able to implement a severance tax on natural gas extractors. Every other state with natural gas charges a similar tax, and it could raise $500 MILLION a year by 2020 that would be used to fund education in CASD and across the state. We need a working government with real solutions like this, before people are taxed out of their homes! None of Dan’s opponents have committed to this - they only offer more empty talk with no solutions! More info here: https://stateimpact.npr.org/.../wol



Equitable Education for All

Dan stands with teachers, parents and students, and will work with Governor Wolf to ensure better education without increasing property taxes. We can fully fund education while reducing the burden of property taxes on seniors and those on a fixed income. As the primary guides of our children, teachers should receive a fair living wage, and shouldn’t be expected to purchase extra supplies for their students. Students should have the best environment we can provide for learning, and reasonable class sizes. Parents should be able to feel proud about the education their children are receiving, and they are paying for with their property taxes.


Coatesville Area School District

Issues in the Coatesville Area School District deserve special attention. Actions over the past several years have worsened an already tenuous situation. I will work closely with the CASD School Board and Administration to help find viable solutions that will benefit students, faculty, staff, parents and taxpayers. We must do what we can to create a setting that fosters equitable education, brings up standardized test scores, creates a safer learning environment – all while maintaining reasonable costs.



Protecting our Neighborhoods

Improving our state background check system, championing responsible gun safety measures, and encouraging addiction rehabilitation programs protects our friends from gun violence and helps combat the opioid epidemic.


Responsible Gun Laws

Eliminate straw purchases & gun show loopholes. Increase purchase age. Improve state background check system and protections in cases of Domestic Violence and PFAs.


Gun show loopholes must be removed and more efficient background checks should be done for all purchases. Currently, purchases of “long” guns (from shotguns to AR-15’s) at gun shows do require a PA State background check if the purchase is from a licensed gun dealer – as are many vendors at gun shows. However, individuals who are not registered gun dealers are often also vendors. These individuals may sell long guns without performing a PA State background check. 


I will fight hard to push responsible gun legislation like this. Laws that will help protect families and loved ones, innocent bystanders and should help to reduce suicides with guns.


However, I am not calling for all guns to be outlawed or any law abiding citizens to turn in their guns! I believe in the rights provided for in the Second Amendment. While we do need existing gun laws to be implemented more effectively, and additional legislation to handle the issues above and a few others, Pennsylvanians should maintain their rights to own firearms.


Treatment – NOT Incarceration

The War on Drugs became the Opioid Epidemic when the demographic changed. Addicts and users need treatment – not incarceration. And, those in our criminal justice system need more treatment options within the system. There have been great strides made by the state over the past year, but we must do more and make sure all are aware of new programs. Insurance companies must be held responsible to cover treatment of addictions and other behavioral health issues as they do physical medical conditions.

Pro-Choice

As most of us, Dan is not a proponent of abortion. He has always counseled any women who consult with him to try to find another way. However, he firmly believes that such a choice is one to be made by a woman and her doctor consulting with her family and the father of the baby. The State has no place in the middle of this discussion, and Dan will support legislation that keeps Choice the priority and stand against any laws that try to encumber this right. Dan also supports state funding for Planned Parenthood and any organizations that provide women’s reproductive healthcare, family planning and other such critical health and community services.



Equal Rights for ALL

Dan firmly believes in equal rights for everyone, regardless of race, creed, color, religion or sexual preference. No one should be denied the right to marry who they love, and any marriage between two people, regardless of gender, should carry the same rights and privileges. The same is true of all rights everyone should have whether they relate to employment discrimination or fair access to healthcare.


Please check on the issues page on a regular basis as Dan continues to expand his position on these important issues.