From Better Choices for Pennsylvania (http://betterchoicesforpa.com/default.aspx):
Pennsylvania House Republican leaders unveiled a state budget plan last week that represents a shift in the cuts rather than a restoration of funding for critical services.
It restores only $243 million of a $1.2 billion cut to public schools proposed by Governor Corbett. Colleges get a boost above the Governor’s budget but still face $269 million in cuts to current year funding.
On top of that, this plan cuts health and human services for women, children and vulnerable Pennsylvanians. Medical Assistance enrollment could be cut by nearly 100,000, while funding will be slashed for child care, domestic violence assistance, literacy, nurse-family partnerships and scores of other vital services. At the same time, this plan preserves business tax cuts and loopholes, fails to enact a natural gas drilling tax, and leaves a $506 million revenue surplus on the sidelines.
This approach reflects the wrong priorities for Pennsylvania!
Urge your lawmakers to vote no on this budget and to use the state’s revenue surplus before cutting our kids’ education and cost-effective local services.
LEGISLATIVE CALL-IN DAY: Better Choices for Pennsylvania is urging Pennsylvanians to call their House lawmakers in their local district offices on Thursday, May 19.
Get call-in information at http://www.pennbpc.org/sites/pennbpc.org/files/PA-House-Lawmakers-District-Offices-May-19-Call-In.pdf and then go to our Action Page at http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/6751/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=6294 to follow up with an email.
You can also view a full analysis of the House Republican budget plan from the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center at http://www.pennbpc.org/analysis-house-republican-budget-proposal.
Unless we make our voices heard, the House budget will hurt our long-term prosperity, deny more people needed health and human services, and make it harder for our children to get the education they need. Please make the call this Thursday!