"Cutting the General Assistance Program was penny wise but pound foolish," Sharon Ward said on the program. "It's bad for the individuals, but it also means that we're going to see an increase in demand for more costly services — we're going to see more people in homeless shelters, more people on the street, more people in emergency rooms, and more people in jails instead of recovery."
With a pie in one hand and a list of tax loopholes in the other, Pennsylvania citizens delivered a message to state lawmakers today — we can restore cuts that have hurt seniors, children and families without raising taxes.
PBPC hosted its annual Pennsylvania Budget Summit in Harrisburg, providing an in-depth look at the state and federal budget plans and what they mean for communities and families across Pennsylvania. Check out online resources from the Summit.
Legislation sponsored by state Representatives Tom Murt and Gene DiGirolamo would enact a natural gas drilling tax that supports shared statewide priorities like education and human services, as well as local impacts and environmental protection. Listen to remarks from Sharon Ward at a recent press conference.
On Monday, PBPC Research Director Michael Wood was featured at a press conference hosted by Common Cause Pennsylvania to call on lawmakers to close tax loopholes and end special tax breaks before cutting schools, health care and other critical state services.
Coming out of the recession, Pennsylvania must take a forward-looking approach to the state budget that focuses on creating jobs and ensuring our long-term economic success, according to a new report. Listen to a podcast discussion on the report.