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    News Release - April 15, 2014


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Ken Krawchuk, the Libertarian candidate for Pennsylvania Governor, wishes his fellow Pennsylvania taxpayers a "Happier Tax Day!" on this April 15th.

"My wish for all Pennsylvania's taxpayers is to have a Happier Tax Day than the one we're having today," Krawchuk said, "and the only way to ensure that happens is to vote for a Libertarian governor this year.

"The cost of government in Pennsylvania is already staggering, and it continues to grow by leaps and bounds.  In fact, over the course of the last fifty years -- two entire generations! -- the cost of government has been growing at more than three times the rate of inflation.  It doesn't matter if it's a Democrat or Republican in office, it doesn't matter if it's an era of lower inflation or if it's the hyperinflation of the Carter years, it doesn't matter if it's good times or bad; the direction is always up, up, up; always towards overly expensive government. 

"How expensive?  In 1964, the average Pennsylvania taxpayer paid only $100 in taxes.  Today, that number is over $2,300 and growing.  Had taxes tracked with inflation, the average tax would have been below $700.  But instead, the government is taking an extra $1,600 from each Pennsylvanian.  And in these tough economic times, what taxpayer couldn't use an extra $1,600 a year?  But sadly, the immediate future looks bleak; Governor Corbett's latest budget doesn't grow the cost of government at three times the rate of inflation... it's four times the rate of inflation.

"When I'm governor that trend will end, because a Happier Tax Day is a promise I can deliver -- and without the assistance of the legislature or the courts -- using a three-step approach.  First, I can hold the line on the growth of government: I promise to veto every single tax increase that crosses my desk.  Second, I can actually reduce the cost of government: I promise to aggressively use the line item veto to eliminate costly pork barrel spending, eliminate unconstitutional programs, and eliminate politicians' glad-handing of our tax dollars for their pet special interests.  And third, with the savings that generates I promise to introduce a series of budgets over my four-year term that will phase out the personal income tax entirely. 

"Let's hold the line on big government, shrink the budget, and return the savings to the taxpayers.  How's that for a Happier Tax Day?

"So on this April 15th, I wish all Pennsylvanians a Happier Tax Day!  And the only way to make that wish come to pass is to vote Libertarian.  Because if you keep on voting the way you've been voting, you're going to keep on getting just what you've been getting.  And haven't we all had enough?"

Founded in 1971, the Libertarian Party is the third largest political party in the state and the nation, with over 150 elected and appointed officials currently serving in office nationwide, and 40 in Pennsylvania.  Like the Founding Fathers, Libertarians believe that you have the inalienable right to conduct your life as you see fit, without interference, so long as you respect the rights and property of others.  As a result, Libertarians favor a small, responsible government. 

For more information about the Libertarian Party, the public is invited to contact the Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania at or (800) R-RIGHTS, or the National Libertarian Party at or (202) 333-0008.

For more information about the Krawchuk campaign, please visit the campaign website at  The campaign can be contacted at, or 224-Krawchuk (224-572-9248).

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