For Immediate Release:
July 13, 2016
SEIU Applauds Passage of State Budget That Makes Key Investments in Education, Human Services
Members Will Continue the Fight for Sustainable Revenue Sources to Move Pennsylvania Forward
Harrisburg — Following passage of the revenue package accompanying the PA State Budget, the SEIU Pennsylvania State Council issued the following statement:
“SEIU members have spent 18 months visiting legislators at home and in Harrisburg, writing dozens of letters, attending rallies, taking bus tours, and making hundreds of calls to the Statehouse – all to advocate for a budget that moves Pennsylvania forward. After all of that, we applaud that Governor Wolf and General Assembly came together to pass a budget that includes a $250 million increase for pre-K through 12 education, dedicates $15 million to combat heroin and opioid addiction, increases human services funding by $490 million, and begins to erase the terrible cuts of the Corbett years.
“However, our work is not done. While this budget makes much needed investments, it relies far too much on one-time sources of revenue. In order to continue moving Pennsylvania forward, we need a fair and equitable tax structure – including a severance tax on natural gas drillers, closing the Delaware loophole, and finally making Pennsylvania corporations pay their fair share.
“SEIU members will continue to work alongside Governor Wolf to fight for fair budgeting, but more importantly, a fair Pennsylvania.”