PRIORITIES

What better way to display my priorities, than to share a letter I wrote to Lebanon County Republican Committee:

Dear Committee:

I am almost 65 years young and going strong, to include walking across America in 2014 to raise awareness of the needs of children with emotional, behavioral, and developmental disabilities (www.colfrankryan.com). The last thing I expected to be doing at this stage in my life is run for the General Assembly in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  The tumultuous times and the looming financial crises that plague our families, our communities and our Commonwealth have motivated me to consider how to best help prevent a disaster.

My entire career as a certified public accountant and as a United States Marine has been in public service. For over 40 years I have specialized in keeping companies out of bankruptcy and rebuilding market economies. Unfunded pension liabilities, the horrific state of our roads and bridges, and the never-ending battle of homeowners to live securely without massive property tax increases combine to create a looming perfect storm for a financial disaster.

The next 2 to 4 years will determine whether or not our Commonwealth and our communities survive.  Financial decisions that should have been made decades ago but were not are coming home.  We cannot kick the can down the road any longer.

With billions of dollars in budget shortfalls and billions more in unfunded pension liabilities, Pennsylvania is functionally bankrupt. There is little time to reverse out-of-control spending and avoid outright ruin.

I was called back into active military service in 2004 to solve critical problems of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and I am similarly prepared to apply my professional accounting skills, including forensic skills, to resolve fiscal issues threatening the well being of Pennsylvania and our citizens.  I believe that my background and expertise are precisely what Pennsylvania needs at this critical point in time.

Our problems in Harrisburg require someone who can start to work immediately on the key problems and has the expertise to know precisely where to start. This is one of those times when age and experience will help the Commonwealth achieve financial stability.

We owe it to our community to do the right thing.