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Public hearing held on how region school districts are effected by budget cuts

09.20.11

SEPTEMBER 2011 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton edition of The Union News

Public hearing held on how region school districts are effected by budget cuts

BY PAUL LEESON
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, August 25th- The Pennsylvania Democratic Policy Committee held a public hearing at the Scranton High School auditorium in Scranton on August 16th to examine the challenges that state budget cuts have created for northeastern Pennsylvania schools and human service agencies.

The hearing was requested and co-chaired by Pennsylvania House of Representatives Kevin Murphy (Democrat-113th Legislative District) and Ken Smith (Democrat-112th Legislative District). The two legislators share Scranton in Harrisburg.

“The budget that passed without a single Democratic vote in June is unconscionable. At a time when the governor called for ‘shared sacrifice’ allowing big business and natural gas companies to escape without paying their fair share flies in the face of logic and disrespects the taxpayers across the Commonwealth and here in Scranton,” said Mr. Murphy, a former member of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Union while working for the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB).

The House Democratic Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla (Democrat-96th Legislative District) stated both Mr. Smith and Mr. Murphy have been strong advocates for their communities and he applauds them for continuing the budget dialogue with their residents.

Those testifying included official’s from the Scranton School District, Abington Heights School District, Riverside School District, and the Blue Ridge School District.

Rosemary Boland, President of the Scranton Federation of Teachers (SFT) Union Local 1147 also gave testimony.

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