Monthly Archives: April 2013

First Steps PA Consultant—Deadline May 10

Pennsylvania has made significant progress over the past 10 years in our work towards building a comprehensive early childhood system. Efforts towards building this system on behalf of young children have been a focus both inside and outside state government. … Continue reading

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Six Claims on Detainee Torture, Skewered

Posted at Christie Thompson, ProPublica, News Investigation Among the news that ended up being buried in the events last week: A nonpartisan think tank, the Constitution Project, released a scathing, 577-page report ( on the U.S.’s treatment, and torture, of detainees … Continue reading

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Urge Your Representative to Support a Financial Transaction Tax

From NETWORK ( Please tell your representative to support the Inclusive Prosperity Act (H.R. 1579; This is a Financial Transaction Tax, a tax on Wall Street which gained the most in the financial downfall, and received the most from … Continue reading

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Email Congress: Fix Life-Changing Cuts, Not Just Inconveniences

From the Coalition on Human Needs ( Okay – no one likes to wait at an airport.  But is that the biggest problem facing our nation? We have been compiling stories about real harm.  Poor people with disabilities, one step away from … Continue reading

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Report Includes State-by-State Figures and Shows President’s Budget Provision Affects Only the Highest Earners

From Citizens for Tax Justice ( The most significant revenue-raising proposal in President Obama’s fiscal 2014 budget plan, which he delivered to Congress on April 10, is to limit the tax savings from itemized deductions and certain other deductions and … Continue reading

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Claims that Name Change for Department of Public Welfare Are Too Expensive Don’t Make Sense

From the Campaign for What Works ( The Campaign for What Works believes that words matter.  More specifically, we know that words like “welfare” have come to carry an unfortunate, yet unavoidable, stigma.   This stigma matters a great deal to … Continue reading

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Support PA Background Check Legislation

From CeaseFirePA ( Last Thursday, in Bucks County, PA, a man with an active protective from abuse order against him killed his wife and shot a police officer with a rifle. How did this man get a gun? Currently, in … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania House Moving Governor’s Costly Corporate Tax Cut Plan—Contact Your Representative

From the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center ( The Pennsylvania House of Representatives is expected to vote this week on the Governor’s plan to enact hundreds of millions in new corporate tax cuts that come at the expense of investments … Continue reading

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The President’s FY 2014 Budget: Important Initiatives Face Uphill Battle

From the Coalition on Human Needs ( President Obama released his FY 2014 budget on April 10 in a Rose Garden speech whose audience included many who strongly support one of the budget’s key initiatives:  Preschool for all four-year olds … Continue reading

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Urge Congress to Support the President’s Budget for Youth Justice

From the Campaign for Youth Justice ( President Obama’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14) preserves critical federal juvenile justice funding and recommends new investments to help states enact effective reforms. The recommendations put forth by the Administration will … Continue reading

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