TODAY! June 10th Harrisburg Call in
- Restore $270 million to the education budget: PA has cut nearly $1B from education under Corbett. They can find the means to restore less than a third of that.
- Improve the education funding formula: PA is one of three states without an education funding formula.
- Do not eliminate the Capital Stock and Franchise Tax, which will give corporation $100s of millions in tax breaks while our schools starve.
FOCUS ON CITY COUNCIL
No place is more important than City Council. Unlike Harrisburg, Council is comprised entirely of our elected officials. Yet to date, they have made no solid promises to schools. They have approved forwarding a cigarette tax request for Harrisburg approval, but even if it passes it will not be enough. Some Council members like Councilman Squilla make tired promises about tax collection, but we have heard those before and no one is guaranteeing any solid numbers.
- Have 10 minutes? Call your council rep to support both the cigarette and liquor by the drink tax AND the Use & Occupancy tax. Find out more about these taxes here.
- Have an hour or two? Testify at City Council on the dates and times above. You won’t be alone! You’ll get three minutes to make a pitch why Council should defy the lobbyists from the Chamber of Commerce and other place to demand money for schools.
- Have a little more time? Drop by your council rep’s office and ask to speak with a staff person about the schools issue. Write a personal letter about the schools and mail it today.
Wed. June 12: Harrisburg Lobby Day
Sponsored by PCCY. Philadelphia parents, teachers, students and concerned citizens will meet at 8:30 a.m. in the Capitol cafeteria, spend the morning lobbying with legislators then host a 12:30 p.m. press conference in the Capitol Rotunda. For more information, contact Sarah Stewart: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fri., June 14: P.O.W.E.R./Philadelphia Student Union march
4 p.m., Love Park to Gov. Corbett’s office, 200 s. Broad Street