AFP-PA Urges Senators to Oppose SB 944

June 28, 2013

AFP-PA Urges Senators to Oppose SB 944

HARRISBURG – Americans for Prosperity – Pennsylvania is urging members of the state senate to oppose 944, which would increase cigarette taxes to fund the Philadelphia School District.

“It is not fiscally prudent to raise taxes, any taxes, in order to fund any entity that is consistently unable to manage its finances. In addition, as we have seen in the Philadelphia School District, increased funding alone does not equal results,” stated Jennifer Stefano, State Director of Americans for Prosperity-PA.

Stefano referenced statistics which demonstrate that the Philadelphia School District’s 2012 fiscal year budget was over $700 million, and less than 60 percent of students graduate. “There is no need to raise taxes without any mention of reforms,” added Stefano. “The children of the Philadelphia School District and the taxpayers of Pennsylvania deserve better. We urge the State Senator to oppose this legislation. The working families of Pennsylvania are tired of bailing out Philadelphia and having the money to go to special interests that do not benefit the children in Philadelphia schools.”

For further information or an interview, please contact Jennifer Stefano at, or (610) 207-7901

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