Budget Should Concern Parents and Property Taxpayers

I have an op-ed in today's Morning Call of Allentown responding to Governor Corbett's budget proposal. It takes a close look at severe cuts to public schools and support for Penn State and other colleges and universities proposed by the Governor:

If you have children or pay property taxes in Pennsylvania, Gov. Corbett's budget proposal should trouble you. His budget cuts public school aid by a billion dollars, setting funding back three years. Support for Penn State and other colleges and universities is cut in half.

In the short-term, these cuts will take money out of the classroom and may spell the end of effective programs, like full-day kindergarten. It will mean lost jobs, higher property taxes and college tuition hikes. Over the long-term, this shortsighted budgeting could jeopardize Pennsylvania's economic prosperity, as more families and businesses leave the state in search of reasonably priced colleges and skilled workers.

By taking direct aim at schools and higher education, the governor's plan undermines a fundamental principle of economic growth — businesses locate and expand in states with an educated workforce and academic centers of innovation. Studies have shown that states with a more educated workforce enjoy stronger growth.

You can read the full op-ed here. Also check out our full analysis of the Governor's 2011-12 budget proposal.

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