- There is no tax increase for the state's Marcellus Shale natural gas industry (the so-called severance tax), which was the cornerstone of Wolf's education spending increase.
- The income tax rate would remain the same if the plan were to be approved, which is not what Wolf sought.
- The total tax increase would be be about one-fourth of the size the governor wanted.
- We don't know specifically how the gnawing pension problem will be addressed, other than to shift $600 million in gambling funds to pay those obligations. That's not a fix, that's just throwing money into the never-ending pension hole. What will the final plan look like?
Southmoreland School Directors voted Thursday to send a letter to state legislators expressing their opposition to Senate Bill 909, which if passed would require school districts to place a referendum question on the ballot for any possible tax increase. The motion was approved by an 8-1 vote, with Director Ken Alt voting no. The proposed legislation would amend Act 1 of 2006 or — as it also is known — the Pennsylvania Taxpayer Relief Act. That legislation calls for the state to set the rate by which districts can raise property taxes every year. Each school district's tax increase limit is different and based on various economic factors. Director Gail Rhodes, who is the board's liaison to the Pennsylvania School Boards Association, said the bill is being discussed as part of the state budget negotiations. “PSBA has listed several reasons why this Senate bill is a bad idea,”
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