HARRISBURG – Gov. Josh Shapiro today outlined his proposed 2023-24 state budget to a joint session of the General Assembly.
Rep. David Maloney (R-Berks) responded with the following statement:
“Pennsylvania still lacks a chief executive who is willing to lead on the biggest issue in the Commonwealth – school property taxes. In the 12 years I have been in office, the budget has ballooned from $27.3 billion to a proposed $45.8 billion this year, more than enough money and time to eliminate property taxes on our homes, which is what the people voted for overwhelmingly
. Education is the single largest line item in any Pennsylvania budget, but property taxes and education are inextricably linked.
“Commonwealth Court recently issued a 789-page decision that Pennsylvania’s education funding is unconstitutional, and I agree. Philosopher John Locke, whose ideas the Founding Fathers relied heavily on when drafting the Constitution and Declaration of Independence, wrote “no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty, or possessions.”
“Property rights are at the core of this country’s founding. It is a national shame that the state which began this nation forces people to rent their homes for life.”
Representative David Maloney
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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