Roebuck: Restoring more school funding must be a top priority in new session

HARRISBURG, Jan. 3 – State Rep. James Roebuck, D-Phila., Democratic chairman of the House Education Committee, was sworn in today for a new term representing west Philadelphia's 188th Legislative District.

"As we begin a new session, I look forward to working to improve education in Pennsylvania, and that has to include restoring more of the school funding that was cut during former Governor Corbett's four years," Roebuck said. "Philadelphia has been especially hard-hit by those cuts, but the impact has been statewide. We have made significant progress on restoring education funding in Governor Tom Wolf's first two years, but we have much more to do. Fortunately, we already know there are common-sense ways to generate funding and balance the budget, such as a reasonable tax on gas drilling and closing corporate tax loopholes."