Stop cutting funds to education while rich corporations pay zero taxes.
  • Petitioned Governor Tom Corbett

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Governor Tom Corbett

Stop cutting funds to education while rich corporations pay zero taxes.

    1. Petition by

      Tosha Good

      Easton, PA

My daughter, Navaeh needs more from her Governor.  Her future depends on it.

This year, Navaeh’s school district is going to have cut all-day kindergarten, reduce the number of elementary classes increasing class sizes, and cut back on high school guidance and the ESOL program, because of another round of budget cuts Governor Corbett has proposed.  I was counting on my daughter being able to go to school next year, but instead she’ll be in kindergarten for a half-day and day care for the rest of the day.  Governor Corbett’s cuts delay my daughter’s education and put her at an immediate disadvantage to kids who get to start school on time. And my daughter is just one of millions of Pennsylvania children whose educations are at risk. 

And the risk is big.  The proposed cuts will affect our children’s ability to learn critical math and science skills and to develop creativity needed in problem-solving that they need to get good jobs when they graduate.  It hurts our children, it hurts our economy and it hurts our country when we don’t have a fully educated and competitive workforce. 

Meanwhile, Governor Corbett is giving favors to big corporations. 

In fact, the Governor has allowed $1 billion in tax breaks to big corporations that don’t need a break at all.  Big banks and companies like Comcast, Wells Fargo and EQT are making big profits in Pennsylvania without paying their fair share. With this money, we could protect education, fix our roads and public transportation and make sure older Pennsylvanians and those with disabilities are getting the health care they need.

Pennsylvania can’t afford the billion dollar favor to corporations at the expense of our schools.  75 percent of Pennsylvania companies do not pay any corporate income taxes, while another 10 percent pay as little as $1,000 or less a year.  The tax breaks include:

The Delaware Loophole
COST TO PA: $500 MILLION
Pennsylvania companies, including Comcast, Hershey and Sheetz, are incorporated in Delaware to avoid paying state taxes.

The sales tax vendor discount
COST TO PA: $74 MILLION
Big corporations, like Amazon.com, are getting a 1% kickback just for paying state taxes on time.

No tax on Marcellus Shale natural gas extraction
COST TO PA: $247 MILLION

Out-of-state gas companies, like Exxon-Mobil, are getting a gift from the Governor by not paying a tax on the Marcellus Shale boom that they pay in every other gas-producing state in the country.

Hard-working Pennsylvania families need the Governor and state legislators to hold corporations accountable to Pennsylvania tax-payers.

Sincerely,

Tosha Good
Mother of Navaeh Coward, Health Care Worker

Easton, Lehigh County

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    • Teri Neafach BIRDSBORO, PA
      • about 2 years ago

      Have questioned Corbett about ed. policies several times; never has answered. At least Rendell cared enough to even visit school children who wrote him.

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    • Dan Haney PHILADELPHIA, PA
      • over 2 years ago

      Our Children are out future, and if we don't educate them correctly. they will not be able to take the jobs offered by the companies that the Gov. is giving the tax breaks to.

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    • Linda Santaguido PITTSBURGH, PA
      • over 2 years ago

      Governor Corbett, don't you realize how important education is ? The continued cutting into education could be the down fall of America. Other countries are already ahead of us. I never thought I would see this happen to this country. Tell me why the rich are so important over the children. Make them pay their fair shair .

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      • over 2 years ago

      Because we need to stand up and fight back against these politicians that do not favor the working families. Those that think big corporations get a break on the backs of the 99%,

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    • lorraine dietz EAST STROUDSBURG, PA
      • over 2 years ago

      I believe this story sounds almost tragic, I cannot believe this is going on in PA. Governor should elimate property taxes , so schools will be funded by the govt. , and equal to all counties. Sign Bill 1776 elimate property taxes and help schools get proper funding- forclosures are stopping that at a alarming rate. so no taxes will be collected for schools in the long run and ruin pa. and our children and homowners, contact pa senators of your state and ask them to stop this- vote for bill1776 so familys can keep their homes and schools will be funded by govt and not on the backs of homeowners and seniors. shame on you pa

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