Special Budget Alert: June 22, 2012
- Rumors are that public schools and state universities will be funded at the same level as they were last year. The Educational Improvement Tax Credit may double from $75 million to $150 million.
- Erik Arneson, a spokesperson for Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi, said the budget will return some spending to K-12 and higher education, accountability block grant funding and county human services programs, as well as some additional funding for distressed school districts.
- As of now, General Assistance remains zeroed out in the state budget. At this point, it is likely that if the program is not funded, most recipients will not learn of the funding cut until they get a letter in the mail in place of their July check.
- The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center also as a piece examining what we know of the budget so far.
As we wait for details, there are many calls for action. Please make calls on the issues you care about.
EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT
Earned Income Tax Credit outreach initiatives throughout the state, including our work at PathWays PA, are at risk of losing their funding from DPW in the upcoming fiscal year.
Over 2000 families filed returns just with PathWays PA this year, giving them access to free, IRS-certified tax services, financial literacy tools, and quick refunds without paying high interest fees.
Please call your legislator to ask for their support on the Earned Income Tax Credit. You can find their contact information at http://bit.ly/wjYINY. You can use the following language:
"Outreach around the Earned Income Tax Credit, a program for working families, is at risk in the Department of Public Welfare. Will Senator/Representative X call or write to Secretary Alexander asking for the continuation of the program?"
You can write a letter in support of the program or visit here to learn more.
SUPPORT INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIPS
The nationally recognized Industry Partnership program is funded at the same amount in the state budget as last year. However, it also had another funding source last year that is no longer available.
Workforce PA is looking for a "power surge" of support today, June 22.
They ask that:
- If you haven't contacted a legislator, please do so immediately.
- If you have already contacted a legislator, please contact them again.
The Governor supports increased revenue - if you do, you can write a letter or email, or learn more here.
REPEAL OF THE COHEN WAGE TAX CREDIT: ONE MORE WEEK
(via The Fair Share Coalition)
Last week, City Council "held" Bill 120174, which would repeal the Cohen wage tax rebate law. However, they could still choose to pass the bill on June 28. If you support the Cohen wage tax rebate, please visit their Facebook page to take action.