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The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center will hold its annual Budget Summit on Thursday, March 2nd, at the Hilton Harrisburg. The event will provide an in-depth look at the Governor's 2017-18 budget proposal, including what it means for education, health and human services, the environment, and local communities. 

DOWNLOAD THE PBPC 2017-18 BUDGET ANALYSIS DOCUMENT HERE.

See our general 2017-18 budget resources page here.


2017 Budget Summit Agenda

8:30 – 9:00: Registration

9:00 – 9:10 Welcome

Marc Stier, Director, Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center

[Download the presentation from this session here]

9:10 – 10:00: Overview of the 2017-18 Budget

Marc Stier, Director, Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center

10:15 – 11:30: Morning Workshop Session

[Workshops listed below]

11:30 – 12:45: Lunch and Legislative Panel Discussion

Moderator: Corinna Vecsey Wilson, Esq., President, Wilson500, Inc.

Panelists:

State Senator David Argall, 29th Senatorial District

Chair, Senate Republican Policy Committee

State Senator Lisa Boscola, 18th Senatorial District

Chair, Senate Democratic Policy Committee

State Representative Mike Sturla, 96th House District

Chair, House Democratic Policy Committee

State Representative Kerry Benninghoff, 171st House District

Chair, House Republican Policy Committee

1:00 – 2:15: Afternoon Workshop Session

[Workshops listed below]

2:15 – 3:00: Keynote Speech: A Call to Action

Deborah Weinstein, Executive Director, Coalition on Human Needs

[Click here for a summary document about federal budget cuts from Coalition on Human Needs]

[Click here for an infographic about poverty in Pennsylvania]

3:00: Adjourn


Morning Workshop Session (10:15-11:30)


How federal budget priorities and policy changes could impact at-risk Pennsylvanians and the state budget(Metro A)

Our keynote speaker, Deborah Weinstein, will talk about the latest developments regarding the federal budget and potentially sweeping changes to many federal programs that impact the lives of millions of Americans. This workshop will be a more informal conversation about these threat, with ample opportunity for questions about specific programs and agencies.

Presenter: Deborah Weinstein, Executive Director, Coalition on Human Needs

[Click here to see the PA organizational sign-on letter for SAVE]

 

The Rules of Engagement: Lobbying in Pennsylvania (Metro B)

Don't fall afoul of the law! A refresher on the laws on nonprofit lobbying and the registration and disclosure rules in Pennsylvania. Let's also talk about your messaging while we're at it: what are the right strategies in a world without precedent?

Presenter: Corinna Vecsey Wilson, Esq., President, Wilson500, Inc.

[Download the presentation from this session here

How to Fix Pennsylvania’s Upside Down Tax System (Metro C)

Pennsylvania has one of the most upside down state and local tax systems in the country, taking three times more from low-wage workers than from the wealthiest 1% as a percentage of overall income. The state’s constitution prohibits progressive taxation and graduated tax rates, but there is an innovative way to ensure that corporations and the super-rich pay their fair share, generating billions more annually to invest in our children’s schools and the vital services that help at-risk Pennsylvanians need to be active contributors to our society.

Panelists:

· Marc Stier, Director, Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center

· Stephen Herzenberg, Executive Director, Keystone Research Center

· Liana Walters, Legislative Director, Senator Art Haywood (SD 4)

 

On the Path to $15: An Evaluation of Recent Proposals to Raise the Minimum Wage in Pennsylvania(Bridgeport)

This workshop will discuss recent proposals to raise the minimum wage in Pennsylvania and put them in the context of the broader campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15 in Pennsylvania.

Presenter: Mark Price, Labor Economist, Keystone Research Center

 

Introducing Pennsylvania's Choice: A State Budget Campaign for 2017 & Beyond (Brady)

Pennsylvania’s Choice is a campaign that brings together a broad and diverse group of organizations that want to work together to ensure that Pennsylvania has the resources to make the investments that communities across the state need to thrive, by fixing our broken tax system and making sure everyone pays their fair share. Powerful interests, who aren’t paying their share, have stood in the way of real reform, and Pennsylvania's Choice supporters have launched a campaign to fight back. This workshop is an opportunity to learn more about the campaign, its goals and strategies, and how organizations and individuals can get involved.

 

Presenter: Jeff Garis, Outreach and Engagement Director, Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center

[Download the presentation from this session here

 

Afternoon Workshop Session (1:00-2:15)


Changes to Health Care at the Federal level (Metro A)

Congress and the new administration have announced their intention to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and make dramatic changes to the Medicaid program. This workshop features experts who will explore the impact of repealing the ACA in Pennsylvania, review current proposals to replace the ACA, examine Medicaid reform proposals, and discuss the economic impact these changes would have on our Commonwealth. Panelists will also discuss current advocacy efforts in Pennsylvania and discuss advocacy opportunities with attendees.

Moderator: Alyssa Schatz, Vice President of Advocacy, Mental Health Association of

Southeastern Pennsylvania

Panelists:

· Antoinette Kraus, Pennsylvania Health Access Network

· Kristen Dama, Supervising Attorney, Community Legal Services of Philadelphia

· Marc Stier, Director, Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center

 [Download the presentation from this session here]

Effective Mobilizing of the Affected (Metro B)

Do you currently represent or provide service for a population affected by the upcoming budget? Then this panel is for you! Hear from experts with experience on winning strategies for budget advocacy who have run successful mobilization campaigns both in favor of and against policies that affect vulnerable populations throughout Pennsylvania.

Moderator: Eric Rosso, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Spotlight

Panelists:

· Kati Sipp, Managing Director, National Guestworker Alliance

· Nijmie Zakkiyyah Dzurinko, Co-founder and co-coordinator, Put People First! PA

· Liana Walters, Legislative Director, Senator Art Haywood (SD 4)


The Pitfalls of School Property Tax Elimination: Taxing the Middle Class and Undermining Educational Adequacy (Metro C)

This workshop will discuss the implications for schools and communities of recent proposals to eliminate school property taxes.

Panelists:

· Mark Price, Labor Economist, Keystone Research Center

· Susan Spicka, Executive Director, Education Voters of Pennsylvania

[Download the presentation from this session here]

Budget Talk: How We Communicate about the Budget and the Role of Government in our Lives, and Why It Matters (Bridgeport)

Communicating on any issue is about connecting with your audience and identifying common themes and values. This is especially true when it comes to the budget and the role of government. In this panel, we’ll talk about how we can take back the idea of “government” through a concerted effort to communicate what government really is, and why it’s important to all of our lives. From talking to voters at the doors or on the phone, to creating over-arching narratives that are impactful, our panelists will walk through what is working, what hasn’t worked, and what could move the needle in the future.

Moderator: John Neurohr, Communications Director, PA Budget & Policy Center

Panelists:

· Erin Kramer, Executive Director, One Pennsylvania

· Dave Ninehouser, Co-Director, Hear Yourself Think Project

· Erin Ninehouser, Co-Director, Hear Yourself Think Project