” The local economy is pushing one organization in Upstate New York to pose a question: Is it possible to secede to Pennsylvania?
The Upstate New York Towns Association is researching this very topic. The group says a few factors pushing its research are high property taxes, low sales tax revenue and the recent decision to ban hydraulic fracturing in New York.
” The Southern Tier is desolate,” said Conklin Town Supervisor Jim Finch (R). “We have no jobs and no income. The richest resource we have is in the ground.”
Finch said the ground in Conklin is rich with natural gas in the Marcellus Shale. However, that shale is unable to be tapped. He described this ban as a violation of his natural rights as a property owner.
There are 15 towns interested in the secession, according to the Towns Association. These towns are in Broome, Delaware, Tioga and Sullivan counties. The association declined to name the towns without their permission and also declined to comment on specifics at this time. As of now, research is ongoing. The group will be updating Action News with all of their findings in the coming weeks.
The association said it’s comparing taxes and the cost of doing business in the two states. It says the facts show there is a huge difference between the two. “
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” Call it the case of the mysterious boom. Folks in the back mountain heard a loud rumble, some even saying it shook their home.
It takes a lot to wake up 12-year-old Kendra Steltz of Lake Township. “I was sleeping and all I heard was a big bang,” she said.
A big bang heard by more than just her. Many of you let Newswatch 16 know you heard the loud boom as well.
Police and emergency officials say several fire departments were dispatched to try to locate what the caused the boom in the back mountain but they had no luck locating it. They couldn’t find any damage either.”
This heard , but not seen , “explosion” in Pennsylvania comes on the heels of two very similar occurrences in Idaho within the past week or two , the investigation of which also resulted a “nothing to see here” response from the authorities .
” Here in Pennsylvania, we have a full-time legislature, so as the lobbyist for the Pennsylvania affiliate of the ACLU, I have plenty of opportunities for face time with state legislators and staff. Since June, I’ve been hearing a similar refrain repeatedly: NSA surveillance is a major problem. We deal with a lot of state-level surveillance legislation, and I’ve joked with legislators and staff that Edward Snowden has made my job a lot easier.
Last week, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives formalized that concern by passing a resolution to protest the NSA’s sweeping surveillance activities and to call on Congress to create a special committee to investigate and to recommend revisions to the USA PATRIOT Act and for reforms at the NSA and the FBI. The vote on House Resolution 456 wasn’t even close.
The final tally: 194 to 2.”
Good for Pennsylvania … Good for US . Here’s to the other states following the Keystone state’s example .