The number one issue I hear about from residents of the 196th District is property taxes.
Pennsylvania's system of funding public education is regressive, unbalanced and in great need of reform. It is completely inequitable to fund public education based on property ownership, and as a co-leader of the House Majority Policy Committee's Property Tax Reform Development Team, I am working to eliminate school property taxes.
I wholeheartedly believe an alternative school funding mechanism is necessary in Pennsylvania, but that does not mean property tax reform will be without its challenges. There are many obstacles to establishing a substitute form of taxation. What people need to remember is that this will be a tax shift -- not a total abolition of all funding for public schools.
The major stumbling block to shifting public school funding away from property taxes is the diversity within our Commonwealth. Though it is hard for residents of central Pennsylvania to grasp, many areas of the state do not have a property tax problem. Homeowners in some regions of the state may never have experienced the frequent and extraordinary tax increases York County residents have seen.