It is alarming to think that state Rep. Joseph Markosek is the Democratic chairman of the House Appropriations Committee given just how awful he is at math and dealing with facts (“Corbett’s Blundering Has Led to Property Tax Hikes,” July 17 letter to the editor.) Just goes to show you why Democrats remain in the minority in Pennsylvania government.
First, it’s important to note that Gov. Corbett did not cut education spending by $3 billion. That tall tale is even more absurd than the $1 billion lie that millionaire former revenue secretary Tom Wolf and his public sector unions are perpetuating about the governor.
The truth is that it was Mr. Markosek and Mr. Wolf’s liberal tax-and-spend ally, former Gov. Ed Rendell, who made drastic cuts to education by replacing state money with one-time federal stimulus dollars, despite repeated warnings not to use a one-time revenue stream for a recurring cost like education.
Mr. Markosek can spew out lies until he is blue in the face. However, even if we were to incorporate, strictly for the sake of argument, his tall tale that a $3 billion cut to education is responsible for what will be a $65 billion pension debt in four years, he is still $62 billion short in formulating his blatant lie.
Facts are facts: Of the 164 school districts in Pennsylvania who requested a waiver to raise property taxes above the permitted level, 163 — 99.4 percent — cited pension costs as the reason. That is why Mr. Corbett is taking on the public sector unions who are opposed to pension reform, so that we can provide property relief to taxpayers.
Speaking of public sector unions, is Mr. Markosek opposed to pension reform because he received $81,000 from those unions in just this election cycle? And yes, those are indeed the same public sector unions who have already pumped $1.13 million into Mr. Wolf’s campaign coffers in exchange for denying our state’s pension crisis.
Republican Committee of Allegheny County