Larry Medaglia

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Larry Medaglia
Pennsylvania Senate District 11
Political party Republican
Profession Berks County Register of Wills
Website Campaign site
Larry Medaglia was a Republican candidate in the special election for District 11 of the Pennsylvania State Senate. The special election took place on March 15, 2011. Medaglia was running to fill the vacancy created when Michael O'Pake (D) passed away due to complications arising from a heart bypass operation.[1] He was defeated by Judy Schwank (D).[2]

Medaglia has served as Berks County Register of Wills/Clerk of Orphans' Court since 1996. After graduating from Wyomissing Area High School, Medaglia went on to earn his B.A. in political science from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and his MBA from Alvernia College. Prior to becoming Register of Wills, he worked as a legislative aide to State Rep. Paul J. Angstadt and as minority owner of a local contracting business. In addition to his current role, Medaglia also serves as an adjunct professor of State and Local Government and Economics at Reading Area Community College. He has also coached youth athletics for a number of years. Medaglia has two children.[3]

Campaign themes

2011

Medaglia's 2011 special election campaign site emphasized several policy positions and campaign themes:

  • Property Tax Elimination: "My highest priority, if elected to office, will be to eliminate property taxes. While local officials must hold the line on spending, an alternative revenue source must be identified to generate local tax revenue... The expanded sales tax would be much easier to administer. For example, we could save taxpayers millions of dollars if we eliminated the need for countywide property assessments. We already have a system in place to collect sales tax. In addition, this system improves cash flow as the revenue is collected at the point of sale. That means better cash management and more bang for your (the taxpayer's) buck. The expanded sales tax would help make local government and school districts more efficient. Under our current property tax system, local governments and school districts receive tax revenue infrequently, but in large amounts. With an expanded sales tax, these entities would receive a more consistent and frequent revenue stream..."
  • Economic Growth and Job Creation: "I support the phase-out of the capital stock and foreign franchise tax over the next several years...Because many other states no longer levy the capital stock and foreign franchise tax, we often cannot compete for business...I support the reduction of the corporate net income tax. Pennsylvania currently has the second highest corporate net income tax (CNI) in the United States at 9.99%. In a state with such a rich history of innovation and entrepreneurship, we must facilitate, not alienate the growing businesses...I will introduce and support common sense proposals to reduce costly and unnecessary business regulations and to streamline the process for businesses to obtain permits and government approvals necessary to begin work."
  • State Government Reform: "The Pennsylvania General Assembly is the most costly state legislature in America. I support the reduction in size of the Legislature. I believe the House of Representatives should be reduced to 103 members (half of its current number) and the Senate should also be reduced in size. I will not take advantage of many of the outrageous perks legally taken by legislators including a per diem or a taxpayer-funded car...I will work to regain the public's confidence in state government. Reform is necessary in each branch of government to fix a broken system. I will support measures to make government more transparent and to eliminate legislative perks that we, as individuals, do not receive."

Elections

2011

See also: State legislative special elections, 2011

Medaglia was defeated by Judy Schwank (R) in the March 15, 2011, special election.[4]

Contact

Address:

Larry Medaglia for State Senate

420 North Park Road, Suite 104

Reading, PA 19610

Phone: (610) 741-6939

Email: LarryMedagliaForStateSenate@gmail.com

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