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Katie McGinty Releases Education Platform

Former DEP Sec. McGinty
Former DEP Sec. McGinty

Democratic candidate for Governor Katie McGinty wants to modernize Pennsylvania’s education system with her new program.

On Tuesday, McGinty announced her “Strong Schools. Bright Futures” program, a multi-step plan that restores cuts made under the Corbett administration and overhauls the school funding formula.

The funding to restore Governor Corbett’s cuts will come from a severance tax on natural gas. The former Secretary of Pa’s Department of Environmental Protection argued that this tax is a standard procedure for gas producing states, and will generate a minimum of $600 million in additional revenue.

The state’s education funding is the highest ever, and Governor Corbett attributes the cuts to a drop off in federal stimulus dollars.

Like with her energy platform, McGinty framed this as a matter of securing Pennsylvania’s economic potential.

“Improving our schools is also the key to our economic future and our ability to attract jobs,” McGinty said. “Companies won’t move to Pennsylvania if our schools are lagging behind. Our children deserve better.”

In a press release sent out to accompany the announcement, McGinty also spoke of her personal relationship to the plan.

“Having access to a quality education has made all the difference in my life,” said McGinty. “As the mother of three young daughters, I want them and every other child in this state to have access to a 21st century education. It’s time to put Pennsylvania children first.”

McGinty’s campaign also released this video.

Three other Democratic candidates for Governor- Tom Wolf, Allyson Schwartz and John Hanger, have also released education plans. There is plenty of overlap between the plans, notably each want to reverse the stated $1 billion cuts that have occurred during Corbett’s tenure.

Both McGinty and Schwartz proposed the natural gas severance tax, but McGinty took it a step further by saying that 100% of the revenue should go toward education.

You can see the full plan here.


One Response

  1. I am going to be voting for the candidate that observes the best. The candidate that is for deregulation of all cannabis offenses. The legalization of the leaf will not only curb the corruption of Big Pharma, but will also create jobs in our state. And if our representatives are not “creating” jobs, then what the heck do you care about education for? Educating people to throw them out with the bath water?

    The candidates that come out hard against Big Pharm and the recreational legalization of the leaf….they have my vote and probably many others.

    Thank you for your time.


    Lloyd Fink

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