McNeill votes against flawed Republican budget

HARRISBURG, June 28 – State Rep. Daniel McNeill, D-Lehigh, said he voted against the Republican state budget plan for 2015-16 because it does not provide sufficient funding for the state’s education system.

“After $1 billion in funding cuts under the previous administration, school districts have cut all they can and desperately need additional funding,” McNeill said. "This Republican budget, crafted without any Democratic input, once again woefully underfunds public education, which ultimately means increased property taxes.”

McNeill said that in March, Gov. Tom Wolf offered a budget proposal that imposed a reasonable severance tax on natural gas drillers to provide $500 million for education, and also included $3.8 billion in much-needed property tax relief.

“Governor Wolf opened the dialogue for the new budget and provided good starting points to get Pennsylvania moving in a positive direction but Republicans chose to ignore his suggestions and craft their own budget,” McNeill said. “I urge the governor to veto this bill if it reaches his desk so we can begin work on a real budget that includes money for our schools and helps Pennsylvania’s economy to get moving again.”