Unaffordable tax cut
Time is running out for students across Pennsylvania. Little time remains for state lawmakers to begin to undo the damage they have done with deep funding cuts to schools. A House budget plan leaves nearly 85 percent of those cuts in place, doing little to hire back nurses and counselors or to restore music, arts and sports programs that districts have been forced to cut.
Senate leaders and Gov. Corbett’s administration have signaled willingness to delay a business tax cut next year. That is welcome news.
Keeping the tax rate at 2012 levels could raise $360 million to restore some of the deepest school cuts. Sen. Jake Corman asks critics: “Is that (tax) phaseout more important than education dollars?”
Schools have been forced to absorb state funding cuts, but students in the poorest districts have gotten the worst of it. Students with the greatest challenges should not be asked to sacrifice more to pay for new tax cuts for profitable corporations.
Delaying an unaffordable business tax cut is the fiscally responsible thing to do and the best way to restore critical educational opportunities for our children.
Lawrence A. Feinberg
The writer, a member of the Haverford Township School Board in Delaware County, is co-chairman of the Keystone State Education Coalition (keystonestateeducationcoalition.blogspot.com).