A look at federal, state, and local policy issues and how they affect Pennsylvania. Also provides advocacy opportunities and updates on advocacy events.
Webinar on the Federal Budget and How it Affects Families Tomorrow!
The Family Economic Success team at the Annie E. Casey Foundation invites you to participate in a webinar at 12 PM on February 12 to discuss the ongoing federal budget debate and the implications for children and families across the country, with a particular focus on family economic success policies and programs. Sharon Parrott, Vice President at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), will brief you on the budget and fiscal debates that continue in Congress.
Yesterday, Pennsylvania's Department of Public Welfare announced that it was sending a request to the USDA to re-implement asset tests to ascertain eligibility for the SNAP (food stamp) program. If the request goes through, asset limits will go into effect on May 1, 2012.
Implementing an "asset test" means that in addition to income eligibility guidelines, applicants may not have above a certain amount in additional resources. Under the proposed measure, Pennsylvanians with more than $2,000 in savings or assets ($3,250 for adults 60 and over) would not be able to obtain food stamps, even if they meet income guidelines…
On Wednesday June 5, a bipartisan group of State Senators and Representatives will be hosting a press conference at the PA State Capitol in Harrisburg to announce "The Family Care Act" - a bill that will establish a statewide family and medical leave program.
If you live in Pennsylvania, please make a plan to vote in the primaries on May 21. You can see a list of upcoming elections in all states here. Please use and share our guide to make it easier to prepare for Election Day.
***If you have any issues on Election Day, please call 1-866-OUR-VOTE. Issues may include (but are not limited to): being told the wrong date/time to vote; not being allowed to cast a provisional ballot; being intimidated or challenged at the polls. Be sure to bring this number with you when you vote!***
Who is running for office?
In Pennsylvania, voters will choose candidates for judges, school boards, and local government positions. The candidates who win will go on to the General Election in November. You can only vote for candidates running in your party in the Pennsylvania primaries unless there is a special election. Several districts will be holding special elections on May 21 - you can find the list here.
There are a few places you can go to check out your bal…