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RST: Pay for state police protection?

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Sep 9, 2013 8:00 AM

What to look for on Radio Smart Talk Monday, September 9, 2013:

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The Center for Rural Pennsylvania says 67% of Pennsylvania's more than 2,500 municipalities are protected full or part time by the Pennsylvania State Police.  Only 21% of the state's population lives in those municipalities.

Democratic State Representative Mike Sturla of Lancaster County says that means 79% of the state's people pay twice -- taxes for both local and state police coverage while the residents of municipalities covered by the state police only have an unfair advantage of not having to pay or maintain a local police department.

As a result, Sturla is proposing legislation to take a portion of liquid fuel tax revenues away from those municipalities that rely on state police coverage and use that money for road and bridge repairs statewide.

Sturla will appear on Monday's Radio Smart Talk to explain a proposal he has been trying to enact for more than a decade.

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Rep. Mike Sturla (Left), Elam Herr (Right)

Also on the program will be Elam Herr, the Assistant Executive Director of the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors.  Not surprisingly, rural municipalities oppose Sturla's bill saying it will limit their ability to maintain local roads and bridges.

Should municipalities that utilize State Police patrols only have to pay more for the service?

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