MANCHESTER CITIZENS CORPORATION CENTER SATURDAY, MARCH 9, 2002 2002 CAMPAIGN KICKOFF BILL ROBINSON, STATE REPRESENTATIVE

GOOD MORNING, GOOD MORNING

TODAY, ON THE NORTHSIDE OF PITTSBURGH, CLOSE TO THE NEW STADIUMS, HEINZ FIELD AND PNC PARK, AND THE CARNEGIE SCIENCE CENTER, THE NATIONAL AVIARY AND COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF ALLEGHENY COUNTY, I ANNOUNCE MY INTENTION TO SEEK THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY NOMINATION FOR STATE REPRESETNATIVE IN THE 19TH LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT OF ALLEGHENY COUNTY.

I ANNOUNCE HERE, AT THE HOME OF THE MANCHESTER CITIZENS CORPORATION CENTER WHICH IS A WORKING SYMBOL OF WHAT NEIGHBORS, PROFESSIONALS AND CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS CAN DO TO CONTINUE THE REVITALIZATION OF THIS HISTORIC AREA IN THE 19TH DISTRICT.

I APPRECIATE YOUR BEING HERE TODAY AND I THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU HAVE DONE IN THE PAST.

NORTHSIDE IS A VIBRANT, BUSTLING COMMUNITY OF INSTITUTIONS, SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS, AND HOUSES OF WORSHIP. I AM PROUD TO SERVE THIS COMMUNITY AND THE MANY OTHERS WHICH SPAN OUR THREE RIVERS.

HAZELWOOD, MORE OF OAKLAND, ALL OF DOWNTOWN, MORE OF THE NORTHSIDE, THE HILL DISTRICT AND ADDITIONS IN OAKLAND, BELTZHOOVER AND THE SOUTH SIDE FLATS COMPRISE THE “NEW 19TH”.

PLEASE VISIT MY WEBSITE AT WWW.PAHOUSE.COM/ROBINSON AND CLICK ONTO “THE NINETEENTH NEIGHBORHOOD” TO SEE AND LEARN MORE.

ALSO, TO REVIEW MUCH OF MY WORK ON YOUR BEHALF, YOU CAN ALSO CLICK ONTO WWW.BILLSBOOKS.NET AND VIEW CAMPAIGN INFORMATION, WHERE I WILL BE APPEARING BETWEEN NOW AND THE MAY 21, 2002 PRIMARY ELECTION, PHOTOS, AND MY VIEWS ON KEY POLITICAL ISSUES.

I BELIEVE IN ONE COUNTRY, ONE FLAG, ONE SET OF VALUES FOR PENNSYLVANIA. I BELIEVE ALL CITIZENS OF THIS COMMONWEALTH DESERVE A GOOD QUALITY EDUCATION, AFFORADABLE HEALTH CARE AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR JOBS AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT.

AS OUR COMMONWEALTH PREPARES A MAJOR CAPITAL AND OPERATING BUDGET FOR 2002-2003, WE, I, BELIEVE MUST PROVIDE TAXPAYER PROTECTIONS AND ACCOUNTABLITY. JUST AS I WORKED TO ACHIEVE WHEN PLAN A AND PLAN B FOR DEVELOPMENTS IN SOUTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIA WERE FORMULATED THREE YEARS AGO – AND WE GOT SOME. THE “DEAL” WAS RESHAPED TO BENEFIT YOU MORE THAN WAS ORIGINALLY PLANNED.

LAST YEAR, THE GOVERNOR PROPOSED - AND THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY APPROVED - A MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR TOBACCO SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT WITH ALL MONIES DIRECTED TOWARDS HEALTH CARE ISSUES AND THE NEEDS OF FOLKS IN WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA. SOME IN HARRISBURG NOW WANT TO CHANGE THAT AND CIRCUMVENT THE LAW, AND THE EXPLICIT INTENT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY. I WANT YOU TO SEND ME BACK TO HARRISBURG TO WORK, WORK, WORK, SO IT DOES NOT HAPPEN.

YOUR HEALTH, THE COST OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS, THE COST OF HEALTH INSURANCE AND MEDICAL MALPRACTICE INSURANCE ARE JUST TOO IMPORTANT TO ALLOW THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE TO BE DISREGARDED.

THE 19TH IS HOME FOR TWO OF THE LARGEST BUSINESS DISTRICTS IN THE COMMONWEALTH. DOWNTOWN AND OAKLAND. HUNDREDS OF SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS LIVE AND WORK IN THE 19TH. 90% OF ALL JOBS IN AMERICA ARE PROVIDED BY SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS AND 55% OF ALL THE BUSINESS INNOVATIONS COMES FROM SMALL BUSINESS. THEY MUST BE A PART OF OUR REGION’S DEVELOPMENT.

EDUCATION: IT IS THE JOB OF THE GENERAL ASSMBLY TO PROVIDE FOR A THOROUGH AND EFFICIENT EDUCATION FOR ALL CHILDREN IN OUR STATE. I CHOSE SEVERAL YEARS AGO TO SERVE ON THE HOUSE EDUCATION COMMITTEE. I STILL SERVE AND BELIEVE OUR SCHOOLS SHOULD BE EVALUATED ONE BY ONE, AND THAT PARENTS AND STUDENTS MUST HAVE VIABLE OPTIONS SUCH AS CHARTER SCHOOLS. OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS MUST HAVE SUFFICIENT FUNDING FROM THE COMMONWEALTH AND MUST DEVELOP MEANS TO BRING VAST RESOURCES TO THE PLACES WHERE STUDENTS ARE. “KNOWLEDGE IS THE ONLY FOUNDATION ON WHICH REPUBLICS CAN STAND” (STEVENS) IS CARVED ON A BENCH OUTSIDE OUR STATE CAPITAL. THESE WORDS SAY MUCH ABOUT OUR CHALLENGE.

I BELIEVE AS OUR REGION MOVES FORWARD THAT OUR FOLKS MUST BE TRAINED, EMPLOYED AND BENEFIT FROM THE CONSTRUCTION BOOM. WE MUST DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY TO INVOLVE EVERYONE.

“DARE TO DO THE RIGHT THING AND TRUST THE CONSEQUENCES TO INFINITE WISDOM” (BLAINE) ALSO IS INSCRIBED OUTSIDE THE CAPITAL. I BELIEVE ITS’ MEANING. I ASK FOR YOUR PRAYERS AND SUPPORT AS I BEGIN THIS CAMPAIGN. I’LL SEE YOU ON THE WAY AND I APPRECIATE THAT YOU ARE “STILL WITH BILL”.

GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES.

BILL ROBINSON
CANDIDATE FOR
RE-ELECTION,
HOUSE OF
REPRESENTATIVES,
19TH LEGISLATIVE
DISTRICT



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