If the high school students were a little nervous as they prepared lunch Jan. 10 for several Bucks County elected officials, they didn’t show it.

They served up a tasty meal at Aspirations Restaurant, the five-star restaurant run by students at the Middle Bucks Institute of Technology. The room was packed with A-list Bucks County notaries, including Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick and state Representatives Paul Clymer, Tina Davis, Stephen McCarter, Thomas Murt, Scott Petri, and Marguerite Quinn.

The event underscored a key point that we make at the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center and the Better Choices for Pennsylvania Coalition: successful economic development requires a multi-pronged approach. A strong business climate is important, but so are investments in workforce development, education and infrastructure.

Following lunch, several guests joined students for a press...

As the federal debate over the deficit continues, our elected leaders in Washington face dramatic choices. The path they choose to take will impact billions of dollars of federal investments that educate our children, improve public health and give working families a pathway to the middle class.

As they examine the revenue and spending cut options available to them, we need to ensure that our elected leaders are asking the wealthy to pay their fair share and protecting investments that aid hard-working Pennsylvanians and their families

Take Action: Contact Your Member of Congress Today

Tell them that we need them to stand strong and insist that any federal deficit reduction plan includes significant revenue to protect investments that are essential to building a pathway to the middle class for low-income working families.

Tell them to reject deficit reduction proposals that increase poverty or inequality.

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The Next Round in the Deficit Fight: Whose Entitlements are At Risk?

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities lays out the stakes in the next round of the federal budget debate.

Take Action: Contact Your Members of Congress

Tell them that we need them to stand strong and insist that any federal deficit reduction plan includes significant revenue to protect investments that are essential to building a pathway to the middle class for low-income working families.

The agreement reached by President Obama and Congress on January 1 was both historic and disappointing — and it leaves much unsettled. The urgency of the Fiscal Cliff has dissipated, but significant threats remain to federal funding for state and local services as well as refundable tax credits for low-income working families, Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security.

There is much to dislike in this agreement. It makes permanent most of the Bush era tax cuts, ensuring that income from dividends and capital gains will be taxed at a lower rate than income...

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