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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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.

Budget Secretary Puts Corporate Tax Cuts on the Table?

A quote from Pennsylvania Budget Secretary Charles Zogby suggests that the administration may be open to slowing down the long-planned elimination of the state capital stock and franchise tax because of lagging state revenue.  On Saturday, May 11th, Marc Levy of the Associated press quoted Secretary Zogby as saying, ""I think whether we can afford to continue the phaseout is something we're going to have to examine."  The article suggested that Pennsylvania's Republican-led legislature and administration may be choosing to limit corporate tax cuts rather than cut schools and health care: "T