Mullery starts third term with an eye on property tax relief, legislative reform

HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 -- State Rep. Gerald Mullery started his third term representing the 119th Legislative District when he was sworn in during a ceremony today at the state Capitol that marked the beginning of the 2015-16 session of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. 

 

Mullery, D-Newport Township, said property tax elimination, economic development, legislative reform, good schools, environmental protection, safe communities and Second Amendment rights will continue to be his priorities.

 

“My constituents have consistently told me they want relief from property taxes,” Mullery said. “I will continue to support efforts to eliminate property tax for homeowners.”

 

Mullery said he’s hopeful momentum will continue to build for legislation that would shift funding for public education from property taxes to increases in sales and income taxes. Mullery has co-sponsored legislation during his first two terms in office to eliminate property taxes for homeowners.

 

Since taking office, Mullery has set an example for legislative reform by returning to the state treasury automatic cost-of-living raise state lawmakers automatically receive under a 1995 law, and voluntarily paid 10 percent of his salary toward health benefits since he took office. He introduced a bill in the last past two legislative session to eliminate automatic COLAs.

 

Mullery also has offered measures that would have eliminated per diems and required House members to submit receipts for expenses, ended the entitlement for state-level elected officials to use a state-owned vehicle and greatly restricted lobbyists from providing gifts to public officials.

 

Mullery and his staff take pride in providing top-notch constituent service. He maintains a constituent office at 156 S. Market St., Nanticoke. The hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. The phone number is 570-740-7031.

 

To better serve his constituents in southern Luzerne County, Mullery has opened a satellite office at 532 Centre St., Freeland. It is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. The phone number is 570-636-3500