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Petitioning Governor Tom Corbett

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


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

Letter to
Governor Tom Corbett
Governor Corbett,

Pennsylvania’s children need more from their Governor. Their futures depend on it.
This year, schools will lose teachers, math and science classes, foreign language and art classes and the sports that keep them healthy and out of trouble because of the budget cuts that you’ve proposed. This puts the education of millions of Pennsylvania children at risk.


And the risk is big. Your 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.


While we are trying to explain to our kids why their teachers can’t give them the attention they need and why they can’t take music lessons any longer, big corporations are getting favors from you that Pennsylvania simply cannot afford. It hurts our children, it hurts our economy and it hurts our country when we don’t have a fully educated and competitive workforce.


In fact, we see $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 our state 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.


We ask that you:

(1) Delay corporate tax cuts, including the capital stock and franchise tax cut planned for 2013, and


(2) Close corporate tax loopholes. We cannot afford tax cuts when children are losing school programs and teachers


We need a leader who shares the values of hard-working Pennsylvania families. We need you to hold corporations accountable to Pennsylvania tax-payers.


Signed,