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Joint Resolution 1–PA’s school funding system that is inadequate & inequitable today will be just as inadequate & inequitable if this passes.

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On November 7, 2017, Pennsylvania voters will find a proposed amendment to the PA Constitution, Joint Resolution 1, on their ballots. This amendment ignores the real problem PA faces–inadequate state funding for schools, which puts excessive pressure on property taxes in many communities. Joint Resolution 1 does not put one more dollar in the school […]

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PA schoolchildren will have their day in court!

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On Thursday, September 28th, the PA Supreme Court issued a landmark decision. It ordered the Commonwealth Court to hold a full trial on PA’s school funding lawsuit.  The Court agreed with the plaintiffs that education funding should be subject to judicial review. They ruled that the courts have a duty to ensure that the state’s school […]

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Senate rejects House budget, PA’s credit downgraded

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Your phone calls and emails made a difference. On Wednesday, Sept. 20th, in an overwhelming display of bipartisanship, the PA Senate voted 43-7 NOT to concur with the irresponsible PA House Republican revenue plan. The House GOP plan did not contain recurring revenues or a tax on gas drillers. Instead, it was based on one-time revenues […]

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Taxpayer watchdogs or special interest lapdogs?

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More than two months after passing a spending plan for the 2017-2018 budget, state lawmakers still have not approved a revenue package to fund the budget.  In less than a week, the budget standoff in Harrisburg will turn into a budget crisis for Pennsylvanians. On September 15, the General Fund will be running a deficit. […]

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Our statement on the PA Budget Impasse

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For Immediate Release August 21, 2017 Education Voters of PA Media contacts:  Susan Spicka Susan Spicka, Executive Director of Education Voters of PA, made the following statement at a joint press conference with the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center: For Pennsylvania public school parents, this is an exciting time of year. It is the season […]

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PA Senate Budget: EITC increase out, severance tax in

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Speaker Mike Turzai called the PA House to Harrisburg on Saturday, July 23 in the hopes of securing enough votes in his party to pass a revenue package to fund the 2017-2018 budget without new recurring revenues. He failed. After members of his own party rejected Turzai’s reckless plan, he sent the House home and […]

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Extremists ready to throw PA off fiscal cliff

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More than three weeks into a state budget impasse, PA House Speaker Mike Turzai and his extremist followers have surfaced as the holdouts who are preventing the legislature from passing a responsible revenue package to fund the 2017-2018 state budget. This week Turzai abruptly walked away from budget discussions where other leaders had built broad […]