MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR
PA charter schools have been allowed to operate without enough oversight or regulation for too long in the Commonwealth—and our public schools are suffering for it. See below how our assertions about charter school and private school regulations have been reaffirmed by the reputable Network for Education.
Also, take a look at our coverage around tax day discussing how to make taxation more fair, and how to use tax dollars for things that matter.
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Tell Your State Legislators to Support Brighter PA!
Thanks to the American Rescue Plan (ARP), Pennsylvania’s economy is recovering from the pandemic faster than most people expected. But many Pennsylvanians are still in need—and our state economy could be even stronger.
Governor Wolf and House and Senate Democrats have proposed the Brighter PA plan, a proposal to use $1.7 billion in American Rescue Plan funds to provide PA’s small businesses help to recover and everyday Pennsylvanians with the relief we need to pay rent and mortgages, afford childcare, access mental healthcare, pay off student debt, and more. The Republican-led General Assembly opposes it.
IN THE NEWS
Report suggests new ways for Pittsburgh to levy additional taxes without raising earned income, property taxes
“A report prepared by the Pittsburgh Budget and Policy Center has proposed new ways for the city to bring in added revenue without raising property or earned income taxes.
In a presentation unveiling the findings of the report, Stephen Herzenberg, executive director of the Keystone Research Center, said that the solutions he presented ‘makes clear that Pittsburgh can take action now’ to create a ‘fair tax system.’
The current local tax system, he argued, is unfair because it doesn’t tax unearned income, or ‘income from wealth,’ including money coming from trusts, royalties, patents, capital gains and dividends.”
“‘Philadelphia is one of the highest-taxed cities in the United States.’
But you knew that, right? It’s common knowledge. Everyone knows it. Everyone also knows that Philadelphia has been growing slowly because of its high taxes.
Beware of what ‘everyone knows.’ Sometimes ideas get repeated so often, they become common knowledge that turns out to be wrong.
The truth is that of the 30 largest cities in the United States, Philadelphia ranks 13th in tax revenue per person per year.”