We The People – PA eBlast July #1 + Budget Update!

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Good evening, We The People PA activists and advocates:

Welcome, We The People-PA activists, advocates, and supporters, to another edition of our biweekly eBlast! We bring you legislative news from the federal and state levels and ways to get involved!

LEGISLATIVE UPDATES

STATE UPDATE – PA BUDGET!
As you receive this email it’s likely that the Pennsylvania Budget Bill will have been passed by the General Assembly. Late this afternoon, the bill passed in the House 180 to 20. Below is a brief update, and you can read our full statement here. In the days to come, we’ll have more detailed analyses of individual parts of the budget, and the impact it will have on the state as a whole.

Unfortunately, the budget released today shows that the Republican-dominated General Assembly cares far more about the richest Pennsylvanians and multinational corporations than they do about everyday Pennsylvanians.

At a time when state coffers are full, the General Assembly could have taken the following steps to help the people of our state:

  • Provide direct help to working families struggling to pay for transportation, housing, and child care.
  • Raise the minimum wage.
  • Lower the gas tax for consumers.
  • Help small businesses.
  • Cut taxes for working people.

Republicans rejected these ideas. Instead, they gave a tax cut to the richest corporation owners and continue to allow the largest multinational corporations to escape paying the taxes they owe. Pennsylvanians pay their fair share for the public services those corporations rely on to make billions of dollars, while they pay nothing at all.

Thanks to the insistence of Governor Wolf—and fear of the ongoing state funding lawsuit—the budget includes an effort to more adequately and equitably fund education. But the proposed amount still leaves us very far from ensuring that all the children growing up in the Commonwealth have equal opportunities to get the education and training they (and we) need them to have—no matter where they were born, where they live, what they look like, or what work they hope to do.

FEDERAL UPDATE
Have you seen 99% PA’s video of PA parent Susan Stoll calling out PA billionaire Jeffrey Yass on social media? If you haven’t gotten a chance, please help us keep the momentum going and take a minute to like/share/retweet it now.

STAY TUNED! The 99% PA campaign and the We The People-PA campaign are teaming up for a special event in Philadelphia in late July.

  • What: TURN (Tax the Ultra-Rich Now) Fest!
  • When: 12 pm-3 pm on Sunday, July 24, 2022
  • Where: City Hall, Philadelphia, PA
  • More details will be shared in the next few days.

UPCOMING OPPORTUNITIES TO GET INVOLVED

From PA Stands Up and NEPA Stands Up, here is a social media toolkit to help stop solitary confinement in Lackawanna County.

Through a countywide ballot initiative, we are putting power back in the hands of the people this November. From now through August 9, we are collecting tens of thousands of signatures to get our bill to end solitary confinement on the ballot in this year’s election. You can also sign this petition if you are registered to vote in either Lackawanna or Lehigh County.

IN THE NEWS

Who runs Harrisburg? You or the corporate elite? – Pennsylvania Capital-Star
Marc Stier and Nick Pressley address the current budget sticking points and provide our recently commissioned polling results on these issues:

  • Raising the minimum wage
  • Economic disparities
  • Disparities in education funding
  • Proposed handouts to corporations that don’t pay their fair share in taxes already
  • Closing the Delaware loophole  

Earth to the PA Legislature: Raise the minimum wage – Pennsylvania Capital-Star
“As long as Pennsylvania’s minimum wage remains at $7.25 per hour, it feeds the growth of inequality.  A minimum wage boost is crucial for helping working individuals and families afford the basics. It is also critical to enabling Pennsylvania families to buy more at local businesses and drive the economy forward. It’s time for Pennsylvania’s lawmakers to follow the lead of legislators in neighboring states and raise the minimum wage.” — Claire Kovach and Steve Herzenberg

Marc Stier: We need a budget for all Pennsylvanians – TribLiv
“These actions, and many others, by the GOP have one purpose and one purpose only: to divide us by making us fearful of one another. They aim at convincing the public that there is real and serious division among us where no such division exists. Frankly, they are aimed at making us hate one another.” — Marc Stier

CALL TO ACTION

The state budget bill has passed the General Assembly, but the tax codes are still left to be decided! Whose interests will the next state budget put first? Pennsylvania’s Black, brown, and white working people in every corner of the state? Or the billionaire owners of corporations?Tell them not to cut corporate taxes while allowing multinational corporations to pay nothing to the state.

TAKE ACTION HERE to oppose a corporate tax cut and tell Pennsylvania legislators that WE should be their priority!

HELP US TO HELP YOU!

Keeping track of the Commonwealth’s numerous groups and organizations can be a daunting task. To that end, we’ve launched an online form for you to alert us to any events, actions, social media, news, etc. that you’d like us to amplify! https://forms.office.com/r/Ap2xwdHhmg

You can also DM us on our social media accounts or email Jay at Grandis@pennbpc.org.

SIGN OFF

We hope you found this week’s eBlast valuable, and we appreciate your support and the demanding work you all do in your own areas every single day. Keep on keepin’ on!

In Solidarity,  

Marc, Nick, Vivienne, Jay, Maddie, and the rest of the WTP-PA team


Statement: We The People PA on State Budget – NOT a Budget For The People

To: Members of the PA General Assembly, State Legislative Staff, Political reporters, Editorial Board Writers and columnists.

From: Nick Pressley, Campaign Director, PA Budget and Policy Center, We The People PA Campaign

RE: Statement: We The People PA on State Budget – NOT a Budget For The People

Budgets reflect our fundamental choices and ideals. Sadly, the budget released today shows that the Republican-dominated General Assembly cares far more about the richest Pennsylvanians and multinational corporations than they do about everyday Pennsylvanians.

The vast majority of Pennsylvanians—no matter where they were born, where they live, what they look like, or what work they do—have been struggling economically for a long time. And that was true even before corporations started raising prices so dramatically. 

Yet, in these budget negotiations, the Republican majority members have shown that they still don’t care about us. 

At a time when state coffers are full because of a rapid economic recovery from the COVID recession, the General Assembly could have taken the following steps to help the people of our state:

  • Provide direct help to working families struggling to pay for transportation, housing, and child care.
  • Raise the minimum wage.
  • Lower the gas tax for consumers.
  • Help small businesses.
  • Cut taxes for working people. 

Republicans rejected these ideas.

Instead, they gave a tax cut to the richest corporation owners and continue to allow the largest multinational corporations to escape paying the taxes they owe. Pennsylvanians pay their fair share for the public services those corporations rely on to make billions of dollars, while they pay nothing at all.

Here is one example of the Republicans’ distorted priorities: the budget includes a small tax credit to help working people afford child care. It will cost the state $24 million per year. But the cost of the corporate tax in the first year is ten times as much, more than $240 million. And the long-term cost of the corporate tax cut in today’s dollars is $2.5 billion a year.  

Republicans can’t rightfully claim they’re protecting Pennsylvania’s fiscal future as they push to adopt deep corporate tax cuts that still don’t ask multinational corporations to pay what they owe.

Thanks to the insistence of Governor Wolf—and fear of the ongoing state funding lawsuit—the budget includes an effort to more adequately and equitably fund education. But the proposed amount still leaves us very far from ensuring that all the children growing up in the Commonwealth have equal opportunities to get the education and training they (and we) need them to have—no matter where they were born, where they live, what they look like, or what work they hope to do.


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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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