As the November election nears, Pennsylvania's AARP chapter is putting gubernatorial candidates on notice that it's paying close attention to the debate over the way the state funds schools. The input is welcome because it spotlights an issue that concerns taxpayers of all ages.
Both candidates - Republican Mike Fisher and Democrat Ed Rendell - agree that the state now relies too heavily on property taxes for local school funding. But that's about the only thing they agree on.
The Associated Press reported that in answer to AARP's questions, Fisher said he wouldn't rule out any revenue-raising option, including raising sales or income taxes.
Rendell told AARP that he wanted to increase the state's share of school funding to 50 percent. He said he would do so by cutting the state budget and legalizing slot machines at the state's horse tracks, which he estimated would yield $460 million annually.