Saturday, May 31, 2008

The $10 billion dilemma

Republican lawmakers are pushing for the elimination of property taxes in Pennsylvania. Democrats are pushing for a new way to fund public education.

The two sides should be working together, says The Mercury in its editorial, "Tax-reform plan and school funding formula should go hand-in-hand"

From the editorial:
It's time for a bi-partisan solution. The local tax burden and shortfalls in school funding go hand in hand. But every time resolution draws near, legislators on both sides back down for fear of losing local control of schools if the state holds the purse strings.

This is not about losing control, it’s about fixing a broken system. The two issues of tax reform and school funding go hand in hand. Why not reach across the aisle and join them?
Read the full editorial here.

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