Opponents of a state bill that would replace school property taxes with a sales tax have voiced their concerns for small businesses and the poor should the bill be passed. According to an analysis by the PA Independent Fiscal Office, this bill would cause $2.6 billion in cuts to funding for school districts in the next five years.
According to PA Education Law Center Executive Director Rhonda Brownstein, the possible effects of this bill would be devastating to school districts across the state.
Advocates including the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, PA Chamber of Business and Industry, PA Education Law Center, and Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in PA have written to the Senate Finance Committee in opposition of SB 76.
The bill would alter funding sources for education by replacing local school property taxes with new sales taxes that would be expanded to include groceries, clothing, and footwear.
Full story: State Legislation Could Cause $2.6 Billion in Cuts to Education Funding Over the Next 5 Years Haldan Kirsch, 90.5 wesa, 4/10/14