In an effort to eliminate real estate taxes but recoup that revenue loss, state Rep. Keith Gillespie is pushing legislation to hike both personal income tax and the Sales and Use Tax.

Under his proposal, PIT would go from 3.07 to 4.5 percent.

The SUT would advance from 6 percent to 7 percent.

However, there is a shocker in the plan. Gillespie's SUT plan would tax food and clothing.

Not a good idea in these difficult times when more full-time people are being pushed into part-time work, and when taxes on basic needs such as food and clothing would be a devastating blow to families.


Continuing to thrive, the Byrnes Health Education Center reports 15,160 attended its various classes in the 2012-13 fiscal year, most of whom were children from a multitude of schools throughout the region.

Also, 34,863 people benefited from its outreach program ... skilled instructors taking valuable health education lessons to various groups in the area.

HEC, a nonprofit, founded by Susan P. Byrnes, a registered nurse, operates on a budget of $5,033,774. Its president/CEO is Anne E. Bahn.


Memorial Hospital presents its popular Women's Show this weekend at the York Expo Center ... 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

Some 12,000 people attended last year.

Organizers say it's a great opportunity "geared to women to make it easy for you to sell your products and services or showcase your organization."


Best wishes to Dr. Kevin Mosser, just now succeeding Bruce Bartels as the president and CEO of the far-flung WellSpan Health system that includes more than 9,000 employees.

A native of Jim Thorpe, Pa., formerly Mauch Chunk, Dr. Mosser is the first physician president of the organization. He came to York in 1979 as a family practice resident at York Hospital.

From 2010 through September, he served as WellSpan's executive VP and CEO.


Boy Scouts from York County joined some 2,500 others over the weekend for a "once-in-a-lifetime" experience at Gettysburg ... camping on an historic site and "reflecting on the significance and impact of what actually took place on these same grounds."

Columns by Hank Merges, a local writer, appear Tuesday and Thursday in The York Dispatch. Reach Hank at or 854-1575.