Many of us can remember when children grew up in a community, worked there as adults and raised their families. Now, for many people, it is almost a foregone conclusion that their offspring — and grandchildren — will have to leave Pennsylvania for work.
Last year, Pennsylvania lost 41,600 residents, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. More people have moved out of the state than have moved in every year since 2011.
In many ways, this exodus makes no sense. Pennsylvania has a lot to offer: beautiful landscapes, the variety of four seasons, abundant natural resources, hundreds of pleasant towns and villages, two major cities and several smaller ones. What’s not to like?
However, the fact is that too many young people cannot find good jobs or afford the high taxes that Pennsylvania government imposes on its citizens.
Pennsylvania is not friendly to families or to the businesses that employ breadwinners. Unfunded pension liabilities, overspending, and waste and fraud in government are destroying our way of life.
That is why I am running for the 101st District seat in the state House. As a business consultant who has helped hundreds of companies avoid bankruptcy and as a retired Marine colonel who understands leadership and discipline, I can help restore Pennsylvania’s financial solvency.
I am asking for your vote in the November 8th General Election. Together, we can make Pennsylvania’s future — and that of our children — promising again.
Thanks for your consideration,
Col. Frank Ryan, USMCR (Ret.)