"The debate in Lower Allen Twp. about a proposed property tax credit for Ahold, the Netherlands-based food company, is an illustration of everything wrong with the economic development subsidy game," writes PBPC Research Director Michael Wood in an op-ed in today's Harrisburg Patriot-News.
"Governor Tom Corbett and lawmakers were all smiles when the new state budget was signed, but there is little to celebrate," PBPC Director Sharon Ward writes in a letter to the editor that has appeared in several newspapers commenting on the recently enacted state budget.
"When the ink has dried, there is little in this budget to smile about," Sharon Ward writes. "It maintains the deep cuts to schools that have forced many into financial distress. It makes it harder for people who are sick or disabled to get by."
"For too long, big companies have benefited from Pennsylvania lawmakers’ refusal to close tax loopholes," Sharon Ward writes in a Philadelphia Inquirer op-ed today. "... Unfortunately, one proposed cure may be worse than the disease."
"How can we expect to prepare a well-educated workforce and a new generation of leaders when our government continues to cut funding for educating them?" the co-chairs of Better Choices for Pennsylvania ask in a recent op-ed.
We need to take bold steps to rebuild the economy — not continue Gov. Corbett's tactics of cutting taxes for businesses that don't produce jobs. Read Sharon Ward's op-ed on the Governor's budget originally published in the Allentown Morning Call.
Businesses that don’t invest become less competitive. It’s the same for our state. Only by investing in our schools, roads, workforce and other assets and lifting people out of poverty will we enjoy a more prosperous future. Read Sharon Ward's op-ed on reducing poverty originally published in the Harrisburg Patriot-News.
"Summer is upon us. The school year is over, grades are in, and in Harrisburg, the state budget is done," Sharon Ward writes. "But before we hit the beach, it’s time to take out our red pen once more and give the state budget a final grade."