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Rafferty Releases Plan to Protect PA Farmers

Rafferty for AG Releases Plan To Protect Pennsylvania Family Farmers

Josh Shapiro Voted Against ACRE LAW

HARRISBURG – The Rafferty for Attorney General campaign released his record of supporting Pennsylvania family farmers and his plan to continue doing so as our next Attorney General:

“In Pennsylvania, agriculture is our number one industry, and as Attorney General I will do everything I can to protect our farmers and their families,” Rafferty said. “I voted for the ACRE law, my opponent, Josh Shapiro did not. I will fight overregulation by the government, Josh Shapiro supports more regulation. Unlike my opponent, I will fight for our farmers, Josh Shapiro will fight against them.”

Protecting Our Family Farmers:

  • Stand up to the EPA and DEP Overregulation: Unlike Democratic Attorney General candidate Josh Shapiro, John Rafferty does not support overregulation. President Obama’s administration, the US Environmental Protection Agency and Governor Tom Wolf’s Department of Environmental Protection have issued radical regulations that are hurting Pennsylvania farmers. John Rafferty will stand up for the Pennsylvania agriculture community and protect them from aggressive government overreach that negatively impacts our hardworking farmers who are working to feed our Commonwealth.
  • Continue Support of ACRE Law: As a State Senator, John Rafferty voted to implement Pennsylvania Agriculture and Rural Environment Law (ACRE) that allows family farms to challenge local municipal ordinances with the Office of Attorney General. His opponent, Josh Shapiro, as a member of the StateHouse voted against the ACRE law. (PA HB 1646 of 2005, 6/30/05)
As Attorney General, John Rafferty will work to ensure our local family farmers have the freedom to operate without government overreach by ensuring the ACRE program is more transparent and accessible to both farmers and local governments.
  • Death Tax: John Rafferty was proud to vote to eliminate the Death Tax for family farmers.
  • Identity Theft: John Rafferty will propose creating an Identity Theft Protection Unit that will focus on protecting and assisting all Pennsylvanians from identity theft, including Pennsylvania’s farming families.

John Rafferty is the Republican nominee for Attorney General.  As a State Senator, John represents the 44th District, which includes parts of Montgomery, Chester, and Berks counties.  John previously served as a Deputy Attorney General where he worked in the Criminal Law Division in the Medicaid Fraud Unit.  John’s campaign has been endorsed by a number of influential organizations, including the Republican Party of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania State Troopers Association, the Pennsylvania Fraternal Order of Police, Pennsylvania State Corrections Officers Association, the Pennsylvania Professional Firefighters Association, the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation, the Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce, the Associated Builders and Contractors Keystone Chapter, Laborers’ District Council of Western Pennsylvania and the Western Pennsylvania Operators and Engineers and the recommendation of Firearms Owners Against Crime.

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