New Tool Shows Deep Local Impact of Gov. Wolf's Budget by Legislative District: Experts available to discuss 1st full look at school funding, property tax cuts & more budget elements

(HARRISBURG, PA)With state budget negotiations heating up in Harrisburg, for the first time new information-packed fact sheets are being released by the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center that reveal the real impact of Gov. Wolf's budget plan on taxpayers, homeowners, schoolchildren, minimum wage workers and other Pennsylvanians who would be affected by his proposals.

The easy-to-understand one-page documents offer residents and the media the best opportunity to quickly see how the governor's budget would provide more funding for local school districts, property tax relief for local homeowners, and other local investments by both Senate and House legislative districts.

"This is the information the public needs to know before their legislators vote on the budget in a few weeks," said Dr. Stephen Herzenberg, economist and executive director of the Keystone Research Center, of which the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center is a project.

"For the first time, these user-friendly and objective fact sheets take the budget debate away from the ‘inside politics’ of the Capitol, and tell every Pennsylvanian what they really want to know – what does the governor's budget plan mean for my schools, my property taxes and my community?"

In addition to school funding increases and property tax relief, the fact sheets reveal the number of additional children in each legislative district who would gain access to prekindergarten programs, what local reinvestments in higher education would be, the local share of revenue projected from the governor's proposed severance tax on natural gas drilling, the number of local workers who would benefit from increasing the minimum wage and more.

Gov. Wolf is proposing a significant change in direction for Pennsylvania with his budget plan, away from a multi-year trend of deep cuts in favor of reinvestment in education, from cradle to career, and in other essential services. These fact sheets provide local numbers not found anywhere else.

The fact sheets are available for all 253 legislative districts.  To download a fact sheet, click here.

SCHEDULE EXPERT INTERVIEWS

Dr. Herzenberg and other policy experts from PBPC are available to provide more information about the fact sheets and the potential impact of the governor’s budget plan.  Please email or call the media contact listed above to schedule an interview.