Rubley, of Strafford, is running on her record as a proponent of local property tax reform, her career long environmental record and a bill which would open up property owned by transit agencies to private enterprise.

Babb, a Lower Providence resident, said that as a Jeffersonian, he "subscribes to the doctrine of personal freedom and responsibility."

"Government is best which governs the least," said the Libertarian candidate on Tuesday at Steel City Coffee House.

Rubley said on Wednesday that she "loves working on legislative issues."

HB 2227, Transit Revitalization Investment District or TRID, is sponsored by Rubley and passed through the House during the current session and is now pending before the Senate.

"TRID is unique and will allow a municipality or group of people to work with transit agencies to address land use around bus stops, transit stops, to develop a region around that transit stop to locate residential and commercial development," said Rubley at the offices of The Phoenix. "(Tax) revenues would go to the school district, but also be shared with the transit agency."

A realistic Babb, when asked about his chances of unseating a major party candidate, said that he was "realistic."

"I'm not packing my bags for Harrisburg," said the advertising consultant and married father.

He did say that if chosen to serve as a representative, that he would rely heavily on the Pennsylvania Constitution.

"I'm willing to start with the basics and scale back government to its constitutional amendments to restore prosperity," said Babb. "The Constitution is not taught in schools and people are completely disconnected. It's not surprising that people don't learn."

The Libertarian percussionist in a working band, likened ignorance of the Pennsylvania Constitution to a hypothetical reaction from a typical Philadelphia sports fan.

"If it was an Eagles/Dallas game and they were down to the five yard line and didn't get the ball across the goal line, what would happen if the referees said, 'Good effort, we'll give you a touchdown anyway?'" he said. "There would be extreme outrage and riots."

Rubley is a career member of the Environmental Resources and Energy Committee.

Rubley supports a bill passed out of committee that establishes low interest loans for water system operators which provide added security.

She also is working on a bill that would support high performance, fundamentally safe support for environmentally safe buildings, while she favors preservation of open space and water quality restoration.

Rubley spoke about the failed $800 million Gov. Rendell environmental initiative Growing Greener II plan which would have required a voter referendum.

"There's a concern that this will be a big burden, not only on ourselves but future generations," said Rubley, the married mother of three and grandmother of eight. "As a member of the Green Ribbon Commission, we're looking at what programs are totally essential- what ones should be funded out of the bond issues and what can be funded as we go.

"This is the opportunity to make environmental improvements throughout the state. Number 1. It will improve the environmental infrastructure. Number 2. It is to help us become more competitive among other states to attract businesses and jobs."

Babb looked at the finances of the $800 million bill, Growing Greener II, and predicted that mortgage managers and connected investors would "cash in."

He referred to Growing Greener II as a "pork-laden program" and wondered "who is going to pick up the tab."

"Why are we asking my daughter to pay for this 30 years from now?" asked Babb.

Babb said that he wanted to protect the environment, but voluntarily.

He cited the private purchase by Rosalie Barrows Edge, during the Depression, of Hawk Mountain Sanctuary and the continued stewardship of the preserve by approximately 10,000 individuals.

"Pennsylvanians have a tradition of taking care of things they like and you don't force the government to coerce people into doing things they want - like protecting the environment," said the pony-tailed Babb.

Rubley supported Act 72 legislation that will help to change the way that school districts collect their operating expenses and cut property taxes.

"As a former local supervisor, I understand the issue and impact that ever increasing taxes are having, and I continue to work for meaningful property tax reform," said Rubley. "Act 72 is a step in the right direction, but we seldom get a bill that does everything.

"Act 72 will give the voters the right to increases the personal income tax and in turn get a reduction in property taxes."

In its current form, the legislation sets aside tax revenue which might be generated from recently slots gambling legislation. Babb was opposed to state sponsored gambling on Constitutional grounds.

"Whether you think gambling is a good idea- the Pennsylvania Constitution does not authorize the representatives to award big monopolies to their friends," said Babb.

Babb also called for a pull out of troops in Iraq and a decrease of U.S. military presence in foreign countries.

"We can't go around the world attacking hornets nests and then being surprised when we get stung," said Babb.

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