As I read the recent column from Gov. Tom Wolf’s press secretary regarding state education funding (Jeff Sheridan: Expect runaway school property taxes if Republicans get their way with state budget, March 8), I noticed one important facet of the discussion was missing. Reality. Throughout the course of Pennsylvania’s ongoing budget crisis, the Wolf administration has steadfastly refused to discuss the facts of this disaster of their own making. First, both the state Senate and state House of Representatives put an on-time and balanced budget on Gov. Wolf’s desk before the constitution’s June 30 deadline. The budget was created after Gov. Wolf proposed a spending plan that included a 20 percent hike in the income tax and a 10 percent hike in the sales tax, while expanding the sales tax to items such as diapers, nursing home care and even caskets. In fact, the National Association of State Budget Officers determined Gov. Wolf’s proposal raised taxes higher than proposals in the other 49 states combined. Does that sound like tax relief?
- the current budget impasse
- the basics of education funding
- the school funding lawsuit
- the 2016-2017 proposed budget
House Majority Leader Rep. Dave Reed, (717) 705-7173
Senate President Pro Tempore Sen. Joe Scarnati, (717) 787-7084
Senate Majority Leader Sen. Jake Corman, (717) 787-1377