How many cookies would we have to sell to make up the $1 BILLION in cuts to public education in Pennsylvania this past year?
Join us today (Tuesday, April 17th), from 4-5:30PM outside the Squirrel Hill Post Office on Murray Avenue to find out. Bring your kids after school and help send the message to our legislators, “We can’t sell enough cookies to close the budget gap in Pennsylvania’s public schools!”
Today is Tax Day and we will be handing out cookies to people as they drop off their tax returns, letting folks know we are happy to pay our taxes to support our public schools. And we’ll be asking Governor Corbett why he refuses to make all corporations pay their fair share in taxes, too.
It’s time for the Governor to stop saying, “we don’t have the money,” and start asking, “where can we find the revenue?” Here are some suggestions we’ve been hearing from the people of Southwest PA:
- Close the Delaware Loophole: costs our state $500 million in missed tax revenue every year and more than 20 other states have already closed this loophole.
- Impose a severance tax on Marcellus shale: most states with major mineral resources like ours have a severance tax and not having one has cost Pennsylvania over $314 million since October 2009 alone.
- Get rid of the new bonus depreciation rule: The state itself estimates that more than half of the current budget gap is due to a huge shortfall in corporate tax revenues – to the tune of $260 million. (Read more in “We Have a Priority Problem.”)
- Keep the capital stock and franchise tax: Corbett wants to eliminate these as a gift to corporations, costing the state $200 million in revenue every year.
- Eliminate sales tax exemptions: helicopters and gold bullion top the list of hard-to-swallow exemptions.