|Posted by communications on July 22, 2014 at 1:00 PM|
NEW FREEDOM – The following statement is from Linda Small: "State Sen. Scott Wagner’s campaign paid for a full page newspaper advertisement blaming unions for the fact that Republicans in Harrisburg can’t get things done. Wagner and Republicans need to take responsibility for their own lack of accomplishment. Their policies don’t work. It is fortunate for us that Republicans have not been able to pass more of their agenda. It devastates public education and pushes higher taxes and costs onto ordinary working families while giving special breaks and deals to a few well-connected corporations.
Over 20,000 teacher and education jobs have been cut across the state. Local school districts have been forced to both cut teachers and increase property taxes. Due to Gov. Corbett and the legislature’s misplaced priorities and late transportation bill, Pennsylvania has ranked between 46th and 49th in job creation over the last few years. The minimum wage is stuck at $7.25.
In January, Gov. Corbett announced a $30 million state grant to Comcast to build a skyscraper in Philadelphia. Verizon, Sprint, banks and others got special tax breaks in last year’s budget. Corporate tax breaks have risen from $850 million in 2003 to well over $3 billion today. Pennsylvania still does not have a severance tax on Marcellus Shale gas. These are the unfair policies that keep us from making meaningful progress. It is no wonder that Pennsylvania’s budget is hard to balance. Ordinary taxpayers don’t have big enough wallets to pay for tax breaks for the wealthy while also paying their own fair share of taxes.
The record shows that under Gov. Corbett and the Republican legislature, taxes go up for ordinary citizens while they go down for a few wealthy corporations. Our schools are grudgingly given inadequate funding. Common sense solutions to pension funding issues and ending unfair property tax increases are left undone because they would mean asking corporations to pay a fair share.
Responsibility for the current state of affairs rests solely on Gov. Corbett and the Republican legislature’s shoulders; State Sen. Wagner included. He supported the Republicans newest budget leaving all of these problems in place.”
Linda Small, 53, is running for state senator for the 28th district. 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.