What are your top three legislative priorities in 2022? Reforming the way we pay for our education system. In my district we are far too reliant on property taxes and do not get our fair share from Harrisburg through the funding formula. This needs to change. Our homeowners are hurting and our students are getting shortchanged. I am also looking forward to helping get statewide investment in a very successful First in Math Program to help students in K-8 improve their math skills. And while the clock ran out on this last round of redistricting, I remain committed to changing the system to ensure that the voters choose their legislators and not the politicians choosing their voters.
What are the important issues facing your district? The No. 1 issue facing my district is property taxes. Not a day goes by where I don’t get phone calls or emails asking about reforming the system.
We need to continue toward strengthening our supply chains and producing food products in Pennsylvania to help keep costs low for grocers and customers.
Where do you shop locally for food? I love farmers markets. When it comes to grocery stores, I usually go to Redners or Shop Rite. Both are well run stores with great employees and a great selection.
What is your favorite vacation destination? I love the beach. I love to swim in the ocean and relax in the sun.
What are the biggest challenges for grocers in your district? I think the two biggest challenges for grocers across Pennsylvania are the same: inflation and finding good quality employees. We need to continue toward strengthening our supply chains and producing food products in Pennsylvania to help keep costs low for grocers and customers. We also need to help our job creators invest in their employees, by pursuing policies that help them cut costs, so they can retain the dedicated staff representing our community grocers.
What are your biggest challenges and successes as a legislator? My biggest challenge has been trying to find a solution to the property tax issue in Pennsylvania that can move through the legislator and to the governor’s desk. I have had quite a few recent legislative success: my snow and ice bill requiring people to remove snow from trucks and vehicles became law this year, as did my bill to get Pennsylvania into the nursing compact. I also was prime sponsor of the legislation that brought us no excuse mail-in voting.
What is your favorite food or meal to cook? Tomato sauce with pork brasciole and meatballs.
What do you like to do for fun? In the summer, I enjoy swimming, being out in the sun relaxing. Over the winter, I am taking bowling in a league with my husband, Ed, which has turned out to be a lot of fun.
Liz Kemmery, director of communications