For Immediate Release:
February 4, 2020
SEIU PA State Council Response to the Governor’s Budget Address
Harrisburg — In response to the Governor’s 6th Budget Address, the SEIU Pennsylvania State Council released the following statement:
“The Governor today laid out a vision that shows what Pennsylvania could look like for working families across the commonwealth, but which also reminds us of the uphill climb that we face with recalcitrant, anti-worker leaders in charge of the General Assembly.
“SEIU members support the governor in putting all Pennsylvania workers on a path to $15. We support the increase in funding for training for homecare workers, and urge the legislature to build on the governor’s proposal to make sure that all homecare workers earn a living wage. We also applaud the governor for continued increases in human services and childcare, providing a safety net for Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable populations.
“Five short years ago, funding for education in Pennsylvania was at rock bottom. The governor has been able to restore these cuts, and is building upon those successes by seeking universal full-day kindergarten, a historic investment to rid our schools of lead and asbestos, and a cutting edge loan forgiveness program for college students who choose to stay in PA. Moreover, we applaud the Governor for his proposal to hold charter schools accountable and finding $280 million in savings in the process.
“From reducing gun violence to funding critical infrastructure, this proposal could move Pennsylvania forward — but only if the legislature has the political will. SEIU members and working families across Pennsylvania are watching to see if their elected leaders deliver.”