Cox Disappointed Corbett Didn’t Tackle Property Taxes in Budget Address
HARRISBURG – Following Governor Tom Corbett’s budget address today before a joint session of the state House and Senate, Representative Jim Cox (R-Berks) said he was disappointed by the chief executive’s lack of attention to the issue of property tax replacement.

“Pennsylvania homeowners are struggling right now under the archaic and burdensome property tax system,” Cox said. “They are at risk of losing their homes. I am disappointed the governor did not address this issue with a bold approach to completely replace the school property tax system. This shows that those of us who want to replace the school property tax have our work cut out for us.”

Cox does support some of the basic concepts the governor outlined today as part of his budget proposal.

“I am pleased the governor is adhering to his pledge not to raise taxes on Pennsylvanians,” Cox said. “I’m committed to working with my colleagues in the House and Senate to adopt an on-time budget that spends within taxpayers’ means without increasing the tax burden on Pennsylvanians.”

The governor’s budget proposal officially begins the process of adopting a state budget. In the weeks and months ahead, the House and Senate will hold public hearings to gain a deeper perspective on some of the details contained within the governor’s proposal.

“The governor has presented his proposal,” Cox said. “As legislators, we will now take some time to review the proposal and make alterations or improvements where necessary. What we are seeing today is far from a final product.”

State Representative Jim Cox
129th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact: Dan Massing
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