Senate rejects House budget, PA’s credit downgraded

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Your phone calls and emails made a difference. On Wednesday, Sept. 20th, in an overwhelming display of bipartisanship, the PA Senate voted 43-7 NOT to concur with the irresponsible PA House Republican revenue plan. The House GOP plan did not contain recurring revenues or a tax on gas drillers. Instead, it was based on one-time revenues […]

Taxpayer watchdogs or special interest lapdogs?

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More than two months after passing a spending plan for the 2017-2018 budget, state lawmakers still have not approved a revenue package to fund the budget.  In less than a week, the budget standoff in Harrisburg will turn into a budget crisis for Pennsylvanians. On September 15, the General Fund will be running a deficit. […]

Our statement on the PA Budget Impasse

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For Immediate Release August 21, 2017 Education Voters of PA Media contacts:  Susan Spicka Susan Spicka, Executive Director of Education Voters of PA, made the following statement at a joint press conference with the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center: For Pennsylvania public school parents, this is an exciting time of year. It is the season […]

PA Senate Budget: EITC increase out, severance tax in

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Speaker Mike Turzai called the PA House to Harrisburg on Saturday, July 23 in the hopes of securing enough votes in his party to pass a revenue package to fund the 2017-2018 budget without new recurring revenues. He failed. After members of his own party rejected Turzai’s reckless plan, he sent the House home and […]

Extremists ready to throw PA off fiscal cliff

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More than three weeks into a state budget impasse, PA House Speaker Mike Turzai and his extremist followers have surfaced as the holdouts who are preventing the legislature from passing a responsible revenue package to fund the 2017-2018 state budget. This week Turzai abruptly walked away from budget discussions where other leaders had built broad […]

UPDATE: PA Budget and HB 97, the charter expansion bill

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It’s going to be a busy weekend in Harrisburg. On Friday, June 30th, the PA legislature passed the spending half of the 2017-2018 state budget agreement and sent it to Governor Wolf. Lawmakers have until Monday, July 10th, to get the revenue half of the agreement to Governor Wolf’s desk. They  will be in the Capitol […]

Can you spare 5 minutes on Monday?

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Legislative leaders have begun holding closed-door meetings to hash out a 2017-2018 state budget. On Monday, June 19th, state lawmakers will return to Harrisburg, where they will have less than two weeks to pass a balanced budget by the June 30th deadline. The decisions they make over the next few weeks will have a lasting […]

The next 26 days

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Decisions PA legislators make in the upcoming weeks will have a lasting impact on PA’s public school students. From now until June 30th, when the state budget is due, lawmakers will be passing legislation and cutting deals as they determine how much state funding our children’s school districts will receive. We need to be ready to make […]