Barb has a B.A. in political science from the University of Maryland, and an MBA in Food and Agribusiness from Delaware Valley University. After working as a project manager at the parent company of Giant, implementing new beer sales following liquor privatization, Barb left this job to help the 2nd generation at John W. Gleim, Jr., Inc. transition and grow, as Director of Business Development. Barb is an active community leader, including having previously served as President of the Cumberland Valley School Board, the Cumberland Perry Vo-tech Board, and auditing for Middlesex Township. She currently is an honorary member of the FFA, and is involved with the Cumberland County Economic Development’s Workforce Development Committee.
* All bios derived from candidates' websites.
Were you (or would you have been) in support of the 2016 legislation regulating opioids in Pennsylvania (Act 122, Act 124, Act 125, Act 126)?
From campaign website https://barbgleim.com/the-issues/#1523969413711-d8a66e51-91b3:
The problems that we face in the 199th district are not necessarily the same in other areas of the state which is why another one size fits all solution or mandate will not solve this problem. Barb Gleim believes that Harrisburg must work with local communities and provide resources and support to attack this crisis at the local level. As our legislator, Barb will combat the heroin and opioid epidemic by going after the suppliers of the drugs, restricting overprescribing of opioid painkillers, improving treatment for addicts and education for children and families.
Regarding Pennsylvania pensions, were you (or would you have been) in favor of the 2017 Senate Bill 1 that introduces a 401K-style component into pension benefits for new hires after 2019?
From campaign website https://barbgleim.com/the-issues/#1523969414352-5860e78e-01c4:
As a former school board member, Barb Gleim has seen first-hand the devastating effects that public employee pensions have had on taxpayers and property taxes. The recently passed pension reform bill was an initial step in the right direction but it did nothing to address the Commonwealth’s $70 billion unfunded pension liability. The public employee pension issue is a ticking time bomb if left unchecked. Barb Gleim will stand up to the special interests and career politicians and continue to fight for meaningful pension reform. In addition to pension reform, Barb believes that we must look at reducing the size of government by eliminating unneeded programs and redundant departments and positions. Barb is also a supporter of reducing the size of the legislature and eliminating pensions for legislators. Leading by example, Barb will not accept a pension.
From the choices below, what best represents your view on property taxes?
From campaign website https://barbgleim.com/the-issues/#1523969108292-d5b20361-f4c7:
Homeowners and especially seniors face rising school property taxes and the very real fear of being evicted from their homes. Barb Gleim believes that the time has come to phase out residential property taxes, so no one is ever forced to choose between paying their tax bill or losing their home. As a school board member, Barb has seen first-hand how unfunded state mandates, rising healthcare costs, and pension benefits lead to tax increases at the local level. Barb is committed to reversing this trend, putting taxpayers first and eliminating residential school property taxes responsibly.