We need strong public schools to ensure a full economic recovery; shortchanging our future workforce is the last thing we want to do when the economy is just beginning to bounce back. Investments in public education are working; PA has shown student achievement improvements in every subject and grade level tested in the past several years. These cuts risk losing ground on that progress. Every $1 spent on early education yields $7 in savings – including reduced costs of crime, drug use and teen parenting. This budget gives an increase to prisons but cuts education, and that does not make sense. Before cutting education legislators need to ask corporation to pay their fair share like the rest of us. We need to tax natural gas extraction and smokeless tobacco, like every other state.