Senate Republicans vote to silence working families with latest budget distraction

Republican leaders ignore voters, put right-wing agenda before school funding restoration and property tax relief

HARRISBURG, – The Republican-controlled Senate has yet to pass a fair state budget, but Senate leaders have found time to renew attacks on hundreds of thousands of hardworking men and women in Pennsylvania.

The Pennsylvania State Council of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) today issued the following statement in regard to the Senate’s consideration of SB 501.

“Instead of working with Gov. Wolf to pass a state budget, Senate leaders and out-of-state special interests are trying to silence the voice of working families. They want to take away the rights of teachers advocating for students, nurses fighting for better patient care, and social workers trying to improve our communities.

“The state offers over 1,000 deductions for charities, big banks, insurance companies and Wall Street investments. But the bill singles out middle class workers, while letting big business and ALEC members behind these nationwide attacks off the hook.

“Harrisburg politicians should reject the extreme agenda and do what Pennsylvanians demand – pass a budget that fixes the deficit, restores schools with a fair drilling tax, reinvests in services and delivers property tax relief.”

This statement is attributable to Gabe Morgan, SEIU Pennsylvania State Council President and Pennsylvania director of SEIU 32BJ, Neal Bisno, Secretary-Treasurer of the State Council and President of SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania, Tom Herman, President of SEIU Local 668, and David Melman, Manager of the PA Joint Board of Workers United.

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