Pennsylvania should better target its property tax relief and overhaul its assessment system rather than eliminate the local property taxes that fund our children’s schools and prepare our future workforce, a report released today by the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center concluded.
We are disappointed that the Senate Finance Committee has advanced a bill that is so damaging to public education in Pennsylvania. This plan would guarantee new and growing cuts to public schools at a time when the public has said it wants to restore school funding and invest in children’s education.
“The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Corbett Administration have agreed on a waiver that takes steps to provide Medicaid coverage to working Pennsylvanians.
The agreement removes the most harmful elements of Pennsylvania’s proposed waiver, including work search requirements, premiums on the very poor, and drastic benefits cuts, but it comes at a high cost.”
"The Governor and lawmakers are right to take Moody's recent downgrade of the Commonwealth's bond rating seriously, but they are drawing the wrong lesson. The downgrade is a result of a budget passed just three weeks ago that is hopelessly out of balance."
"The budget adopted by the Senate today relies on revenue estimates that are no more than magical thinking. It leaves a ticking time bomb that will explode before the year is out. The Pennsylvania Constitution requires a balanced budget. This budget does not meet that obligation."