Posted by By Eric Zager at 11 October, at 15 : 36 PM
Republican Representative Ron Marsico has decided its time for lawmakers to live without WAMS. The funny sounding acronym stands for walking around money — putting tens of millions of discretionary tax dollars in to the pockets of lawmakers like Marsico ; all in the name of pet projects.
Marsico, (R-Lower Paxton), took a strong stance against WAMS this summer, urging Governor Ed Rendell to use his executive power to eliminate all discretionary grant programs to help make up for a $255 million gap in the state budget.
In August, Marsico wrote, “I realize that these grants help to fund some worthwhile projects. However, these projects are determined by the Legislature, not the taxpayers. Some of these projects have little to no effect on the majority of Pennsylvanians…..”.
If Marsico had been skiing when he penned those words he would have pulled off a stunt known as a 360; a full end to end turn-around in midair.
In the summer of 2007, a constituent questioned Marsico’s use of WAMs’, and whether there is truly a need. Marsico’s response, “For your information these are competitive grants and are available statewide. It has been my belief if these grants are available, I will vigorously pursue them for my district. If I don’t, they will go somewhere else in the Commonwealth.”
RocktheCapital contacted that same constituent for his reaction to Marsico’s change of heart. The man spoke to us so long as we agreed not to divulge his name.
“I think its positive, politicians in general have become more aware of the public’s outrage of WAM’s’.”
Marsico’s three year flip has led him to see the light that has drawn so much outrage. Although, it has taken a fiscal crisis for the conservative Marsico to see the misjudgment of his ways.
“This is simply not a time to be spending millions of dollars in discretionary monies. We need to do what is right for our taxpayers and that means we need to get rid of unnecessary spending,” said Marsico.
RTC was not successful in reaching Marsico today.
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