Sign Up: How Will the 2011 State Budget Affect You?

In early March, Gov. Tom Corbett will deliver his first state budget address. How will your organization and the people you serve be affected by the proposed cuts to services and the loss of federal stimulus funds?

Find out at two upcoming free events:

  • The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center Annual Budget Summit
    March 14, Monday, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    Hilton Harrisburg (1 North Second Street, Harrisburg, PA)
    Experts from the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center present an in-depth look at the state budget plan and what it means for communities and families across Pennsylvania. Find out how we can work together to advocate for a budget that builds upon sound public investments by closing tax loopholes and ending special interest tax breaks in addition to finding efficiencies and improving accountability.  Registration is free. Lunch is included.
  • State Budget Briefing, Lehigh Valley
    March 15, Tuesday, 3 p.m.
    Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley
    1337 East Fifth Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015
    Get the latest budget news from veteran Harrisburg observer Sharon Ward, director of the PA Budget and Policy Center, and connect with a statewide effort to protect the gains we have made in human services in an era of small government.
    RSVP to Kate Atkins:  sepabudget@gmail.com or 215-563-5848 ext. 16.

February 8, 2011 at 7:27 pm Leave a comment

Speak out against the legislature’s choice to leave $100 million on the table

Join us on Tuesday, October 26th at 10am at Philadelphia City Hall (Dillworth Plaza, 15th Street side).

The legislature broke their promise to enact a tax on natural gas extraction at Marcellus Shale this fall, leaving $100,000,000 on the table…and counting.* 

We all know the families living without the resources they need as we give away our Commonwealth’s nonrenewable resources for free.  Not to mention the damage done to our struggling economy by the cuts that will result from the lost revenue.

 Remind legislators we elect them to represent Pennsylvania, not the oil lobby.

 Please RSVP if you can attend, and please spread the word!

*(For details on the lost revenue calculations, see the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center’s analysis at www.pennbpc.org.)

October 21, 2010 at 5:44 pm Leave a comment

Join us in Norristown to call for a strong Marcellus Shale tax to prevent more cuts to essential services

On Thursday, September 30th at 12 noon, members of the Southeastern PA Budget Coalition will hold a press conference to call on legislators to pass a strong Marcellus Shale bill by the October 1 deadline, to prevent $70 million more in cuts to essential services this budget year. 

The event will be held at the Montgomery County Courthouse (2 East Airy Street at Swede Street in Norristown).  All are welcome–bring others who would be impacted by potential cuts. 

This event is co-sponsored by the CLEAR Coalition and the Better Choices Coalition.

Click here for an event flyer:

Flyer for Norristown Rally to Prevent Budget Cuts

For more information, contact Kate Atkins at sepabudget@gmail.com or (215) 563-5848 x16, or visit the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center site–resources on Shale are at:  http://www.pennbpc.org/severance-tax.

September 21, 2010 at 9:49 pm Leave a comment

Governor announces $212 million in budget freezes to fill the FMAP gap

As the recession continues, region’s economy hit by another round of budget reductions

More details on the specific budget freezes announced August 31 can be found at: http://www.pennbpc.org/sites/pennbpc.org/files/8-31-2010-budget-cuts.pdf

Click this link for a summary of the cumulative impact of the last several years’ budget cuts on programs for children and families:  09 01 10_PA Budget Summary–Last 2 Years

As most Pennsylvanians were gearing up for the long Labor Day weekend, the Governor’s Office quietly released a detailed list of more than $200 million in state spending to be deferred into “budgetary reserve.”  Three out of every five dollars to be cut in order to fill partially the gap created by less-than-expected federal funding would be squeezed out of the state’s education and social service programs.

The cut in basic education alone would be $50 million; while medical assistance, child care assistance, services for people with disabilities and other human service programs were cut more than $57 million.

A legislative override of a Governor’s budgetary reserve action would be unprecedented.   

Many of the items placed in budgetary reserve support children and families from all walks of life.  They are key to Pennsylvania’s economic recovery.  

“Why is the state “nickel-and-diming” these programs while asking little to nothing from big oil companies that have millions to spend on lobbying the General Assembly?” asked Christie Balka, director of Child Care and Budget Policy at the advocacy group Public Citizens for Children and Youth.

The cumulative impact of the last two years of budget cuts has been significant and broadly-felt.  Across the state, libraries shed staff and limited their orders for new materials to absorb a twenty-nine percent cut.   Women Against Abuse was forced to turn away more than four thousand requests for emergency shelter in 2009. 

“Many families still struggling in this recession are turning to food pantries for the first time in their lives, but these food pantries can’t keep up with the demand,” said Carey Morgan, Executive Director of the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger.  The State Food Purchase Program was cut for the first time this June.

By asking oil and tobacco companies and other large corporations to pay their fair share, the state could avoid harmful cuts and create jobs and opportunities for families still reeling from the recession.  The Southeastern Pennsylvania Budget Coalition, a budget advocacy group, is calling for a strong Marcellus Shale bill.  Currently, Pennsylvania is the only major gas producing state without an extraction tax, and the group urges the legislature to pass a bill without loopholes and gimmicks requested by the oil companies.

September 7, 2010 at 5:25 pm Leave a comment

SURVEY: help document the impact of budget cuts!

The Southeastern PA Budget Coalition is joining a statewide effort by the Better Choices Coalition to document the cumulative impact of the state budget cuts of the last few years.  Please take a minute and fill out the ten-question survey:

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/XXMSJ5S

Remind policymakers that budget cuts do not just disappear–they have lasting impacts on our communities and they slow our state’s economic recovery.

September 7, 2010 at 4:36 pm Leave a comment

Large turnout at July 1 rally

Well over three hundred people turned out at Philadelphia’s City Hall last Thursday for a powerful rally against the state budget cuts.

Speaker after speaker from all over the region and all walks of life spoke with one voice about the missed opportunity to close tax loopholes and raise new revenue to prevent budget cuts.

Thank you to everyone who attended.

Read some of the great press coverage from the event on our “In the News” page.

July 5, 2010 at 8:50 pm Leave a comment

July 1 State Budget Day of Action–Noon at Philadelphia City Hall

Join the Southeastern PA Budget Coalition in a rally to prevent a cuts-only budget!  Ask big oil, big tobacco, and other large corporations to pay their fair share to prevent the hardship to Pennsylvania families, and the long-term economic damage, that a cuts-only budget would bring.

The Day of Action is Thursday, July 1 at 12 noon at Dilworth Plaza on the west side of Philadelphia City Hall.

Please spread the word–to access flyers click here: July 1 Rally Against State Budget Cuts

Or for an alternate flyer, click here: July 1 Rally–Preschool Teacher

June 24, 2010 at 4:36 pm Leave a comment

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