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Stop government employee unions from using dues on politics

Right now, state and local governments are acting as campaign bundlers, collecting dollars from public employees that are being used for political purposes. This practice is fundamentally wrong. That's why I have joined 50 of my colleagues in sponsoring House Bill 1507. This measure would prohibit the deduction of any dues by public entities from their employees that would be used in whole or part for political activity.

You may have seen advertisements denying that any share of public employee union dues are used for political purposes. With all due respect, such claims are untrue. I point to the largest public sector union of them all, the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA). It spent more than $3.7 million of its members' dues on politics and gave $2 million directly to candidates during the last election. You don't have to take my word for it; the PSEA says so itself (because the IRS requires it to).

Government unions should collect their own dues. HB507 would ensure that.

Source: Press release on Pennsylvania voting records: HB1507 , Jun 6, 2014

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