2015-16 State Budget

Renewed calls for ending the budget impasse with a responsible revenue plan

Several Better Choices coalition partners participated with other allies in a press conference at the state Capitol on Wednesday, October 7th, calling on legislators to end the budget impasse by responsibly raising the revenue needed to restore funding that was cut from education & human services in recent years. Stable, recurring revenue will also allow for additional investment in future budgets. Speakers included parents of public school students, service providers, and leaders of advocacy organizations.

Op-Ed: "While Harrisburg dithers, people suffer"

On Thursday, September 3, 2015, the Philadelphia Inquirer published an op-ed by Kathy Fisher, policy manager for the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger, a member of the Better Choices for Pennsylvania coalition.

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Better Choices Memo to Governor Wolf and the General Assembly RE: Human Services

The Better Choices for Pennsylvania coalition sent a memo to Governor Wolf and the Members of the General Assembly on June 27th, 2015, advocating for a 2015-16 budget that restores funding that was cut from human services in recent years and that increases investment in the services that improve the quality of life for Pennsylvania's most vulnerable residents.

The text of the memo is included below.


To: Governor Tom Wolf and Members of the General Assembly of Pennsylvania

Media Coverage of Better Choices' 2015 Tax Fairness Recommendations

Alan Jennings - Community Action Council of the Lehigh Valley
Mike Wood - Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center
JoAnne Sessa - SEIU Local 668
Joe Arthur - Central Pennsylvania Food Bank
Anne Loeffler - Pennsylvania Alliance for Retired Americans
The Better Choices for Pennsylvania coalition's announcement of its 19 Tax Fairness recommendations was reported in newspapers, as well as by radio and television stations.