For Immediate Release:
June 30, 2017
SEIU Responds to Passage of PA Budget
In response to the passage of House Bill 218, the 5-party compromise state budget, Gabe Morgan, President of the SEIU PA State Council issued the following statement:
“We commend Governor Wolf for starting the budget process back in February with a sensible, forward looking proposal, even in the face of a $1.5 billion deficit and a right-wing-controlled legislature that favored a draconian, all-cuts budget.
“The Governor refused to let an all-cuts budget stand, and there are many things in the final product to be happy about. We have increased education funding for the third year in a row, all but erasing the Corbett-era cuts. There are increases for the services that Pennsylvanians need most – including childcare for working families and home healthcare for seniors and people with disabilities.
“But because of legislative leaders’ roadblock of even the most commonsense revenue generators – a severance tax on the extraction of Marcellus Shale, closing glaring corporate loopholes, and raising the minimum wage – the budget contains difficult cuts to certain line items, including corrections and county assistance offices. These cuts could hurt the communities SEIU members serve.
“There is still no agreement on how to pay for this budget. Legislative leaders want to balance the books by taking on new debt and mortgaging our children’s future, a solution that will do nothing to pull Pennsylvania off the loop of fiscal insanity.
“It is far past time to hold corporations accountable for paying their fair share to Pennsylvania, affording the Commonwealth stable, recurring revenues that can make sure our children are educated and our most vulnerable populations have access to the services they need. It’s time for the legislature to do the job they were sent to Harrisburg to do.”