Statement: Gov. Corbett's Budget Diverts Scarce Resources

Stephen Drachler, Christie Balka, and Joseph Bard, co-chairs of the Better Choices for Pennsylvania Coalition, issued the following statement on Governor Corbett’s February 5th Budget Address:

"Governor Corbett’s proposed budget takes small steps toward repairing the damage done by years of budget cuts, but it falls short of what is needed to get the state back on track. This budget leaves money on the table and wastes taxpayer resources on costly, poorly-targeted tax breaks, while shortchanging Pennsylvania children, hardworking families, and local communities.

"Even as unmet needs remain, this budget diverts scarce resources to fund costly, poorly-targeted tax breaks with no accountability. These tax breaks threaten the state’s ability long-term to pay for education and essential services that Pennsylvania families rely on.

"The governor and lawmakers have made the claim that the budget does not raise taxes, but this budget continues to shift costs to school districts and local governments, with the inevitable consequence of higher costs for local taxpayers.

"We need a budget that returns to tried-and-true investments in the schools, colleges, and other public infrastructure that form the foundation of Pennsylvania’s long-term economic competitiveness. This is not that budget."

Better Choices for Pennsylvania is a coalition of more than 60 groups statewide that support a responsible and balanced approach to the state budget. Learn more at http://betterchoicesforpa.com. Stephen Drachler is the Executive Director of United Methodist Advocacy in Pennsylvania. Christie Balka is the Budget Policy Director at Public Citizens for Children and Youth. Joseph Bard is the Director of the Pennsylvania Alliance of Rural and Small Schools. The three are co-chairs of the Better Choices for Pennsylvania Coalition.

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