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.
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.
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
Here is a brief overview of Governor Wolf's proposed 2015-16 budget from the perspective of the tax fairness recommendations that were made by the Better Choices for Pennsylvania Coalition on Wednesday, February 18th. The governor's proposal includes six of the 19 recommendations, and a seventh -- property tax relief -- that is broader than the "circuit breaker" relief program recommended by the Better Choices coalition.
On Wednesday, February 18, 2015, the Better Choices for Pennsylvania Coalition held a press conference to call on Governor Tom Wolf and the General Assembly to pursue a 2015-16 budget that invests in Pennsylvania families by making the state's tax system fairer.