Business Owner: Legislators’ Taxes and Retirement Expenses Among Reasons to Run for House | News, Sports, Jobs
Local Republican businessman Jamie Flick recently announced his intention to run for the State House seat for the 83rd District.
According to a press release, Flick pledges to cut taxes, reform legislators’ pensions and insist on term limits, reform our education system and increase transparency.
“Specifically, he wants to fight to lower our taxes because Pennsylvania’s gas tax is the second highest in the nation, but our roads and bridges are collapsing; the PA’s small business/corporate tax rate is the second highest in the nation; inheritance/death tax is among the highest in the country; and our seniors need property tax relief,” says the press release.
“We need to reform the state pension system for legislators,” Flick said, according to the press release. “And quite simply, ending the cronyism and corruption that has become commonplace in our Commonwealth.”
In January 2022, state officials, including Flick’s opponent and other lawmakers, gave themselves a “Automatique” salary increase of nearly $5,000 — the largest increase in 25 years.
In 2019, state officials voted for 401K-style pension reform for state workers after years of taxpayer pressure. However, a large number of representatives voted to keep their traditional plans, costing taxpayers tens of millions of dollars if they serve five terms.
“I will save taxpayers’ money from day one in office and fight to reform our retirement system to reduce the tax burden on the people of the 83rd District,” Flick said, according to the press release.
When it comes to education reform, Flick wants to empower local school boards, teachers and parents to decide what is best for their students and will work to keep the majority of children in school and not be educated remotely. He believes in a model of education that holds students accountable for their own actions, ensures students learn to deal with stress and bullying, and provides enhanced mental health services.
A graduate of Pennsylvania College of Technology with a degree in software engineering, Flick began his career as a systems analyst and software developer for GTE Sylvania. He then started his own company, Susquehanna Software Inc., which according to the press release ranks #1 in human services software sales in the state of Pennsylvania.
As a community volunteer, Flick has developed a reputation as a “handyman” seeking opportunities to help with a large number and variety of needs. His volunteer work has included stints as a mentor and advocate for foster children as a court-appointed special advocate, president and founder of the South Williamsport Community Park Association, volunteer for Big Brothers/Big Sisters Volunteer and President, Board Member and Volunteer for South Williamsport. Little League for 25 years.
Flick was also an adjunct professor of computer science and data analytics at Penn College.