HARRISBURG, September 24, 2013 – State Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon/Monroe) today released the following statement in support of Tuesday's Property Tax Independence rally that took place at the state Capitol.

"I am proud of the citizen lobbyists who descended on the state capitol today help us fight for property tax elimination and I am honored to have their support of Senate Bill 76 – the Property Tax Independence Act," he said.

"Working with senators (David G.) Argall, (Mike) Folmer and (Judy) Schwank, we have formed a broad, bi-partisan coalition with state grass roots organizations to advance the simple idea that our students, our schools and our taxpayers deserve better than an archaic property tax system that can no longer adequately fund our schools," Yudichak said.

"The Property Tax Independence Act recognizes the central role the Commonwealth plays in funding public education and develops a system that is both fair to taxpayers and sensible in its approach to funding our schools so no child is denied a quality education in Pennsylvania," he said.

Yudichak is a co-sponsor of Senate Bill 76.