|Posted by communications on February 19, 2014 at 7:25 AM|
NEW FREEDOM (Feb. 19, 2014) – Local school taxes are up but public schools are struggling under Gov. Tom Corbett and Republican Rep. Ron Miller (R-93), candidate for the PA Senate 28th district seat in the Mar. 18th special election. Linda Small, Democratic candidate for the seat, offers a new approach to change things for the better.
“York County school districts are cutting teachers and school taxes are increasing because of Gov. Corbett and Rep. Miller’s harmful state education funding cuts. Corbett and Miller are failing their constitutional responsibility to provide for a quality public education system,” Small said.
An unfair state school funding formula hurts York County schools. Politicians accept that the funding has been unfair for years, yet Rep. Miller’s approach is to put together a commission to study it more. Students, parents and taxpayers don’t have the luxury of waiting. The downward spiral caused by Gov. Corbett’s one billion dollar education funding cuts continues. Twenty thousand teaching and staff jobs have been slashed across the state. Harrisburg relies more on property taxes to fund education than most states do, placing most of the burden of paying for education on local taxpayers. That is unsustainable.
Rep. Miller has had eight terms to come up with good education policies, but has come up short. His policies result in higher taxes and fewer teachers and programs for students.
Linda Small will restore state funding for education to cover around 50% of the cost. The revenue will come from a more fair tax system. She will work to end Wall St. corporate special deals and tax loopholes so that they too pay a fair share of education funding. A study by the Penn Budget and Policy Center shows that tax cuts for politically connected corporations cost more than 3 billion dollars annually. Pennsylvania workers and families shouldn’t be expected to make up that revenue. By closing the loopholes, that $3 billion can fully restore funding for education and be used to help fund other priorities in the budget, taking the burden off hard-pressed taxpayers.
Small will fight for a fair state education funding formula, using studies that have already been done. Everyone benefits from a strong public school system. We must stop accepting a funding system which hurts York County.
“I will work to create good jobs, restore state funding for education and stop unsustainable tax increases. Getting a smart, fair state education funding policy will help achieve all three goals,” Small said.
Linda Small, 53, is running for state senator for the 28th district in the special election on March 18, 2014. She is a retired U.S. Navy Master Chief Petty Officer (E-9) weather forecaster and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.