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Meet the Candidate: Jason White

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Cuts to the state budget have been a hot topic on the campaign trail for candidates of all parties and positions.

Cuts to two areas in particular worry Jason White.

"I think we need to restore funding to education and human services, the administration seems to be unwilling or unable to find sources of revenue that are right in front of them," said White, who is the Democratic candidate vying to represent the fifth district in the General Assembly.

He says education and job growth go hand in hand, and cutting the first means halting the second.

"The relationship between education and jobs is the fact that businesses need an educated workforce," said White, "and if we don't educate them then they're not going to be able to fill the jobs that are now growing."

His commitment to human services is personal; he's been in the field for 20 years, working with disabled children.

"I think it's irresponsible to cut services to our most vulnerable citizens while we don't ask corporate America and the wealthiest of Americans to pay their fair share," he explained.

Part of that he attributes to the Delaware Loophole; a law which he says robs Pennsylvania of 500 million tax dollars a year by taking operations out of the state.

"With the larger corporations not paying into the income tax, that causes a larger burden on small business and citizens," said White, "because without that revenue they have to make that up."

It's money he says could be used to fix gaps in the budget, which affect the people in his own community.

Jason White is running against Republican Greg Lucas.

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