Pennsylvania’s budget balanced on the backs of workers

Date: July 4, 2011

The recently passed Pennsylvania State Budget while giving breaks to corporations and the natural gas industry, is balanced by cuts to education and public services, according to a recent statement by Pennsylvania AFL-CIO President Rick Bloomingdale and Secretary-Treasurer Frank Snyder. “The scales tip far in one direction, and crush the hardworking people in our state”, said Bloomingdale.

The budget, according to Bloomingdale, has deep cuts to public education, higher education, job training, and care for the elderly and disabled.  According to Snyder, “The budget puts added pressure on school districts and municipalities to raise property taxes to make up for the reduced revenue from Harrisburg.”  These higher property taxes, if necessary, only further add to the impact that this budget has on Pennsylvania’s working families.

Corporations, according to Snyder, will continue to pay little or no taxes.

With jobs still being an issue, this budget does the opposite, according to Bloomingdale.  “. . .it threatens to prolong the jobless recovery here in Pennsylvania,” Bloomingdale said.

The Marcellus Shale, which has been touted as an economic boost for Pennsylvania by Corbett and his donors from the drilling industry, despite environmental questions, may not be.  According to Synder, Pennsylvania is still importing gas from states that do pay severance taxes.

“Think about the hypocrisy,” Snyder says, “We pay our share to sustain public priorities. . . in other states, while we cut our education and public services here!”

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