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Rapp joins others in GOP with package of bills

January 23, 2013

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Kinzua1

Jan-23-13 6:15 AM

Why should'nt they pay fair share? They accept all wage increases,bid rights,and all benifits that a union made possible for them. Are they free loaders? or just want the work force to go completely the the poor house,and terrible work conditions,as they did in past years. Why don't we submitt a bill to let Rapp and her magic retirement package,and unheard of benifits come to a hault NOW! That't what has to change,why does she get such an outragous benifit package? Why did,and why do we let this go on? Go to upper management and look at their wages,and fringe benifits,and that's what will make you sick,along with foolish spending.

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Frugaltaxpayer

Jan-23-13 6:40 AM

I've said it before and I'll say it again. You should never begrudge someone for the amount of money they make. If you don't like how much your making, work harder, more hours or change jobs. The only exception to this rule is government. Both government union workers and elected officials. Unions are fine for the private sector but destroy budgets in the public sector. Government officials should only be elected if the pledge to slash their own benifit packages.

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peeon1

Jan-23-13 9:11 AM

"maintain their existence by leeching off the hard work of others." And what does she think she is doing? With her benefit package she will be doing that for the rest of her life.

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peeon1

Jan-23-13 9:23 AM

Maybe if she would have paid her dues in the past she would look on it like the rest of us "peeons" do. Hopefully she is committing political suicide by going against the mighty unions.

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TheRealJeffEggleston

Jan-23-13 9:41 AM

Kathy Rapp and her far right-wing friends in the Legislature are determined to make it as difficult as possible for workers to organize and get a fair deal from employers. One of the biggest reason wages have stagnated over the past 30 years is the relentless assault by far right leaning politicians who are more interested in campaign contributions from wealthy business interests than advocating for the working class. This is unacceptable.

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Riggle

Jan-23-13 10:13 AM

The people need to send Rapp and her buds packing.

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mike04

Jan-23-13 10:44 AM

she is an imbecile when it comes to workers rights. I am a union member, and while i acknowledge the mis-deeds of a few union leaders in the past, i would say it is extremely unfair to make the statement that i am unamerican.

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mike04

Jan-23-13 10:45 AM

i can't believe nobody runs against her!

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Brazil

Jan-23-13 10:48 AM

Kathy Rapp is both dishonest and a leech. She laments and opposes union negotiated contracts while at the same time making no concerted push to end the biggest money grab going, namely our bloated State legislature and their outrageous salary and benefit package. Now she wants to create another category of leeches by allowing those who benefit from negotiated contracts not have contribute financially to the Union who negotiates that package.

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Brazil

Jan-23-13 10:54 AM

CONTINUED ---Everyone really knows what this is all about, which is to strip Unions of dollars they utilize to fund candidates that support their causes. Kathy wants to leave campaign financing to Billionaires like the Koch brothers, Shelly Adelson etc. Her comment about increasing salaries is ludicrous. Maybe she should take a look at where working class wages have gone in the last 20 years and compare that with union membership. She'll find an interesting parallel, but, I think she already knows that. She has her dishonest talking points and she's going to hold to them. There are considerable problems with Unions and to a large degree a number of their problems are of their own making. Representative Rapp isn't trying to fix the Unions, she's trying to destroy them.....

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Brazil

Jan-23-13 10:58 AM

And lastly local residents will get what the ask for as they mind numbingly go to the polls, pull the Republican lever and re-elect people like Ms. Rapp again and again while at the same time complaining that there are no good jobs around here. As I have said before, the best thing that happened to American Cities like NY and Los Angeles was that they became competitive two party systems. Rural America continues to elect nothing but Republicans who know they can ignore their consituent needs because they know they are guaranteed re-election. Anyone wonder why rural America is dying?

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peeon1

Jan-23-13 11:04 AM

Someone should ask her if she was against unions when her husband worked for Penelec, I'm sure she was benefiting from the union he belonged to. It's do as I say, not as I did.

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MTOMTO

Jan-23-13 1:05 PM

"As I have said before, the best thing that happened to American Cities like NY and Los Angeles was that they became competitive two party systems."

LA is bankrupt as is all of Cali. There are a lot of public service unions there too.

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Brazil

Jan-23-13 1:18 PM

My comment on LA is based on an overall view of history which includes the Republican victory in LA by Richard Riordan in 1993. After decades of Democratic control it opened up LA to different ideas. Some good, some not so good, but at least a different way of looking at things. I'm taking the long view not the snapshot view. Meanwhile we continue to elect Republican after Republican. Jeez we even kept re-electing Bill Clinger who represented Chautauqua Institute to a greater degree then Warren.

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Riggle

Jan-23-13 3:35 PM

That would be Rapp's X-husband who was a union member and supported her on union wages. Now the taxpayers are supporting her along with the industry lobbyists to keep her in office. Watch the movement on her ALEC-supported next move on the Electoral College votes to help the Republicans steal elections.

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Brazil

Jan-23-13 6:33 PM

I actually voted for her early on in her career. She took on Scarnati and his annointed candidate and I thought, wow, maybe an independent thinker. She's probably been the most colossal disappointment of any Senator or Representative within recent memory. Some initial promise, but now just a show up shill for the Republican leadership. She exhibits no real independent thought. She gets pointed in the appropriate direction and follows orders. She'll be there until she wants to collect her obscene pension. Then she'll retire and within a year no one will remember a thing about her. Sad she's chosen that legacy.

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garypayton

Jan-23-13 6:45 PM

Republican want to completely gut the middle class. Rapp is just a hick from the sticks doing what she's told by teh GOP fat cats. Sad that she's the best we have representing our interests. I don't think she's ever had an original thought.

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Kinzua1

Jan-24-13 2:44 AM

Rapp has her required terms in,NOW it's time to butter the other side of the bread.Who says you can't have your cake and eat it too. I would tell Rapp to have a nice retirement,but I know she will when that day comes.

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garypayton

Jan-24-13 12:38 PM

Choose! Progressive or Regressive.

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