On Nov. 6, voters in Pennsylvania’s 46th House District will have a choice of two candidates for the office of State Representative: the incumbent, Jason Ortitay (Republican), or Byron Timmins (Democrat).
This district comprises the TOWNSHIPS of Fawn, Harrison (part), and West Deer. It also includes part of Westmoreland County.
We asked each candidate five questions about their stance on key policies to combat hunger in Pennsylvania. We did not receive a response from Ortitay despite multiple requests, so we determined his position where possible based on public statements.
Timmins’ full responses are below the graphic.
Byron Timmins (D)
Do you support work requirements as a condition to access public benefit programs, even though it would prevent people from accessing healthcare or food assistance?
I am against forcing people to work in order to receive benefits.
What should the state minimum wage be?
We should be working together to create a living minimum wage. I think $15 is a good start.
Do you support state laws that preempt laws on local taxes, local public health regulations, or local labor protections? In particular, do you support HB 861?
I am against HB 861.
Do you support the Fair Share Tax Plan?
Yes, I support the Fair Share Tax Plan.
Do you support the Marcellus Shale severance tax, as proposed in Gov. Wolf’s budget, as a way to provide sustained revenue for Pennsylvania?