ADVISORY- TODAY- Week 3 of Annual Budget Summit Continues with Sessions on Housing Affordability and Defending Democracy in PA

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HARRISBURG, PA– Today marks the third week of the PA Budget and Policy Center’s annual budget summit. The online conference concludes on April 7th with a panel discussion moderated by Corinna Vecsey Wilson, featuring progressive leaders in the General Assembly, from 2:30PM to 3:30PM.

Today’s workshop session will feature two workshops, taking place concurrently from 1PM to 2:15PM.

Addressing Housing Affordability in the COVID-19 Period & Beyond: Overview on Curbing Evictions in Pennsylvania, Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) & Possible Solutions
This workshop will be a discussion about current efforts to assist renters during the ongoing covid-19 pandemic, including eviction diversion programs and the Emergency Rental Assistance Program. It will include the impact this issue can have on Pennsylvanians, and possible short and long-term solutions.
Moderator: Kehinde Akande, Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center
Panelists:

  • Robert Damewood, Regional Housing Legal Services
  • Levana Layendecker, Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center
  • Gale Schwartz, Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania
  • Patty Torres, Make the Road Pennsylvania

The Future of Pennsylvania’s Democracy
Democracy continues to be a high-profile topic, whether it is redistricting, elections, or voting policy. There have been a number of aggressive proposals to change who holds power, including proposals to give the Pennsylvania Legislature the power to overrule voters and multiple proposals to change the PA Constitution. The Legislature has a new tactic of “legislating by Constitutional amendment” to circumvent the governor’s constitutional responsibility to sign or veto legislation. Learn more about what the Legislature is up to and what makes sense for Pennsylvania’s future.
Panelists:

  • Susan Gobreski, Sedgwick Group
  • Marc Stier, Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center

Information on the summit:

“Advancing Democracy for Pennsylvania’s Future” is the theme for our all-virtual 2022 Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Summit. In addition to focusing on public policies that make it possible for all of us to thrive, we’ll also be highlighting the need to defend the democratic principles that allow all of us to participate in choosing leaders who will implement the policies that benefit everyone.

Learn more and register: https://events.zoom.us/e/conference/preview/ZEPKiibAQySr_xgP2_4ZSQ


The Keystone Research Center is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization that promotes a more prosperous and equitable Pennsylvania economy. The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center is a nonpartisan policy research project that provides independent, credible analysis on state tax, budget, and related policy matters with attention to the impact of current or proposed policies on working families and individuals.


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The 99% Pennsylvania is a campaign of the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, focused on advancing federal policies that will benefit the overwhelming majority of Pennsylvanians. Ali Feldman is the federal organizing associate for the campaign.

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