Issues

Main issues

Sure, living in the 166th District, we have a nice life.  But couldn’t it be better?  One of the problems I see is complacency. The same man, in the same job for over a quarter century has not been kind to us in the 166th.  It is time to move us forward, into the future with bigger ideas, and a plan.

“Government is the ultimate monopoly. And monopolies, as any economist will tell you, often breed complacency and a lack of innovation”  -Gavin Newsom

If the same people, continue to do the same things in the same ways, then exactly what will change? Nothing! Now is the time to take back our community and breath fresh life into our neighborhoods.  Everything in life is cyclical, and I believe that the current cycle is coming to an end.  If we do not act now to push ourselves forward, then we will see things stay exactly as they are, becoming more stagnant with each passing day.  I know I do not want to see property values dropping, while property taxes are rising.  I do not want to see business’ moving on to more business friendly areas, leaving us with empty stores.  Take a good look around.  You can see where this has already begun to happen in other parts of the county.  Elect Baltazar Rubio as your State Representative, and you will be electing a brighter tomorrow.

Small Business Tax Relief

As your State Representative, I will lower taxes for small business owners by lowering the personal income tax (P.I.T.). Prior to working as an attorney I owned and ran a small contracting firm.  It started out, as many businesses do, as a one-man one-truck operation, which grew to have several employees, and it became clear that in order to pay my employees what they were worth it was necessary to cut significantly into any profit margin. After a work injury I decided to change careers and proceed into the field of law.  Never wanting to give up being an entrepreneur,...

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Property tax abatement for senior citizens

Senior citizens, particularly those on fixed incomes, are burdened by high property taxes. These citizens should receive rebates or tax abatement from local property taxes that would help offset this burden.   Our current scheme only allows for a maximum rebate on income of $650.00 dollars if you make up to $8,000.00 and it goes down to $250.00 maximum if you make up to $35,000.00.  These rates are for homeowners.  The renters rebate is a flat $650.00 in the income brackets. Now this all seems wrong to my mind, these numbers might not even cover unreimbursed medical costs or medication costs...

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Our solutions to the Opioid Addiction Crisis in the 166th

Recently I sat in on a meeting in Ardmore and listened.  It was impactful to hear how alcohol, heroin and fentanyl have killed some of the youngest and brightest children in our community.  A few months ago I spoke to a resident in Haverford’s 8th ward who took me outside of his house and pointed up and down the street to show me the 5 children and young people who had been affected and harmed by drug addiction. Their stories were tragic but unfortunately not uncommon.  This is because of our unrelenting stubbornness to look fully into the face of addiction...

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