Monday, July 01, 2013
McNeill: State Budget Needs More Education $
“This budget severely underfunds school districts in the Lehigh Valley, further harming our children and their families,” McNeill said. “This lack of funding has already forced schools to lay off teachers and staff and increase property taxes. For example, Allentown School District recently announced it will cut 151 jobs, while calling for a 8.2 percent property tax increase.”
Over the last two Corbett budgets, school districts have seen an over $1 billion cut in state funding for education, and McNeill said that this year’s state budget replaces a small amount of that funding [$123 million] but not enough to have an impact.
“Obviously, education funding is not a priority of the Corbett administration, and unfortunately, the burden of educating our children has fallen to local taxpayers, who will continue to see increased property taxes,” McNeill said.
McNeill urged House Republicans and Corbett to include an expansion of Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act in the final budget agreement to provide health insurance to at least 500,000 Pennsylvanians.
“Besides making health care accessible to half a million Pennsylvanians, expanding Medicaid would provide a $3 billion boost to the state economy and at least 35,000 jobs statewide,” McNeill said.