Policy Experts Warn Proposed State Budget Hurts Kids, Taxpayers

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett‘s proposed budget and the current year’s spending plan represent a huge step backward in state education funding, according to state policy experts.

And the backlash will hit the wallets of citizens across the state when local school districts in turn hike real estate taxes, said Ron Cowell, president of The Education Policy and Leadership Center, a nonpartisan Harrisburg based nonprofit.

“The state continues to shift the responsibility to school districts,” Cowell said.

Cowell, along with Sharon Ward, executive director of the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, on Thursday spoke about the impact of the proposed 2012-13 state budget on Pennsylvania children and families during Moravian College’s Family Policy Summit.

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(LehighValleyLive, March 2, 2012)

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