Wolf Claims More Student Hostages
Earlier this week, The Neighborhood Academy, a private school in Pittsburgh, held a rally in the state Capitol to highlight Gov. Wolf’s withholding tax credits for student scholarships.
Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit program (EITC), along with the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC), lets businesses contribute funds for scholarships so thousands of low-income students across Pennsylvania can attend private school.
For students, this is a lifeline to better or safer schools. For schools like The Neighborhood Academy serving high poverty areas, the scholarships are essential to survival.
Dennis Owens at ABC 27 has the story.
The Wolf administration justifies withholding tax credits by claiming its “hands are tied” due to the budget impasse.
But this makes little sense. The EITC and OSTC are not appropriations that are part of the budget.
Instead, they’re part of Pennsylvania’s tax code. This code is in effect despite the budget impasse. After all, everyone reading this is still paying taxes.
Wolf insists he “won’t cave” in his pursuit of the white whale of higher taxes. In his own words, “I want to keep the pressure up”.
Unfortunately, holding school children hostage has become part of that “pressure.”