McClinton votes to help schools and human services, provide additional property tax relief

HARRISBURG, Oct. 8 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton this week voted for legislation to raise revenue for education and human services, provide additional property tax relief and balance the state budget.

“There’s no better investment we can make than our children,” said McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware. “This plan would have restored $400 million in basic education funding, allowing our schools to reduce class sizes and reinstate important programs that were eliminated because of previous budget cuts.”

McClinton said a portion of the additional revenue would have come from a long overdue tax on natural gas drilling.

“Pennsylvania remains the only state with significant natural gas production that does have an extraction tax,” McClinton said. “The education of our children must be placed before the interests of big gas and oil companies.”

McClinton said she was proud to support the legislation because it would eliminate school property taxes for more than 330,000 Pennsylvanians and significantly reduce school property taxes for an additional 240,000. However, McClinton said she told House Democratic leadership and Gov. Tom Wolf’s staff that the property tax relief should be offered quicker than the legislation provided.

“It’s unfortunate this compromise revenue plan offered by the governor and House Democrats was defeated, but I am hopeful today’s debate will provide some framework for a responsible, balanced budget that makes necessary investments.”