A diverse group of organizations and Pennsylvanians sent this letter to members of the General Assembly today, raising concerns about the proposed cracker plant tax credit Beaver County.
Dear Honorable Members of the General Assembly,
We write to express our grave concern about the proposed cracker plant tax credit. While we applaud efforts to attract jobs to our state, we are troubled by the cost of the proposed credit. It comes at a time when the state is curtailing critical investments in schools, roads, and other public infrastructure, as well as in health care for children and services for people with disabilities, victims of domestic violence, and other vulnerable Pennsylvanians.
Despite important funding restorations by the General Assembly, this year’s state budget still contains very significant cuts. They represent the sixth consecutive year of reductions to human services, and follow last year’s extremely deep cuts to public schools. The cumulative impact of these cuts is difficult to overstate. While we share the administration’s commitment to finding efficiencies and demanding accountability for public dollars, the cuts are now deep enough that they cannot be absorbed by eliminating waste. Instead, the quality of our children’s schools are suffering, our public infrastructure is being neglected, and ill children, people with disabilities, victims of domestic violence, and other vulnerable...