Yesterday Senate Republicans approved bill# SB-850, which essentially cuts millions of dollars of state funding for education and replaces it with the federal stimulus funds that were intended for us. For Neshaminy taxpayers, that means that some or all of the $1.5 million of stimulus funds being used towards next year’s budget would be gone. And guess who would have to make up the difference- US!
The Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) conducted a news conference earlier this week criticizing the budget plan proposed by Senate Republicans under SB-850, saying it balances the state budget on the backs of local property taxpayers.
If they are so bloody interested in cutting the budget in Harrisburg, why don’t they amend the state pension system so that individuals, like teachers, are responsible for their investments instead of taxpayers (which is what companies with pension plans are doing throughout corporate America)? Oh yeah, I forgot . . . Harrisburg officials are covered under that same pension system, too. Guess they’re only interested in cutting spending when it doesn’t affect them.
I’m not trying to turn this into a GOP-bash, but this is a Republican sponsored bill which passed through the State Senate along party lines. Next stop for SB-850 is the State House where our State Reps will get a chance to pick your pocket. The PSBA doesn’t think the bill will pass in the House, but taxpayers should not leave it to chance.
Call your State Rep, Frank Farry, and demand he OPPOSE the party line on this Senate-sponsored bill. Mr. Farry’s local office number is (215) 752-6750. His office is located at 340 East Maple Ave, Suite 307 in Langhorne.
Earlier today I called Mr. Farry’s office and left a message with one of his staff members. My message was simple – the Fed stimulus money was intended to help education, not to give Harrisburg legislators a way to balance the budget on the backs of local taxpayers.
Don’t wait till tomorrow – stop reading this Blog, put down whatever else you might be doing, and go to your phone and dial 215-752-6750 RIGHT NOW!