Flynn: Governor's budget plan a promising start

HARRISBURG, March 3 – State Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, offered his support for Gov. Tom Wolf's budget proposal:

"Governor Wolf campaigned on offering a new approach to governing and the budget plan he outlined today proves he was serious.  

"While his budget address is just the first step in a long process, I hope it is completed by the mandated June 30 date. The proposal he unveiled today offers much for Pennsylvania.

"I fully endorse his three main concepts: Schools that teach, jobs that pay and government that works.

"Pennsylvania has a long history as a leader in industry. The oil industry was founded in this commonwealth. The governor's proposals can ensure that we remain an industrial leader for years to come. I support the idea of lowering the Corporate Net Income tax while closing loopholes that allow the largest corporations to avoid paying their fair share. Creating a fairer tax structure so all businesses are treated evenly will encourage small business as well as large corporations and new industries.

"By restructuring our tax policies and reducing school property taxes in half, we can reduce the overall tax bill for the average family by 13 percent, while strengthening our schools and ensuring the state pays 50 percent of our public school costs. Reducing property taxes has been a goal for many in the legislature for years. This plan offers $3.8 billion in property tax relief and offers a realistic opportunity to cut property taxes by up to $1,000 for the average homeowner.

"I encourage my colleagues in both the House and the Senate to see the proposal as a whole. The only way we can increase state spending on education, reduce property and business taxes and design a pension reform program that works for the state and employees, all the while balancing the state budget, is to consider the whole plan. It has been too easy to pick and choose individual pieces to support or oppose, but to make real progress, we must work together on all the issues.

"I salute the governor for his creative budget ideas and I look forward to seeing this budget proceed through the legislature."