We've removed our biggest obstacle to real change: Governor Corbett. Governor Wolf is on our side but Republican leaders in Harrisburg are not. In order to make real change happen we will need to be in the halls of Harrisburg and in the streets making some noise. Here's what we will be fighting for in 2015:
Medicaid Expansion: It’s time to use the federal dollars set aside for PA to expand Medicaid and provide 500,000 Pennsylvanians with affordable healthcare. It’s the right thing to do and will make PA healthier and wealthier in the long run.
Raise the Wage: No one who works full time should have to rely on government programs like food stamps or housing assistance. The average minimum wage worker in America is 35, 57% work full time and many of them are supporting children. We can raise the wage in Pennsylvania, and legislation in Harrisburg is important. Workers across the region are also demanding living wages from their employers. One Pittsburgh will stand with them at McDonalds, UPMC, Walmart, Rivers Casino, and wherever workers are fighting back.
Education Justice: We are committed to ensuring that every child in Pennsylvania has access to a great public school. We will have to restore Corbett’s $1 Billion cuts from education funding and raise even more money to improve Pennsylvania’s future. That’s why One Pittsburgh helped start Great Public Schools (GPS) Pittsburgh and joined the national Alliance to Reclaim our Schools (AROS) .
Corporations MUST Pay their Fair Share: Big businesses in Pennsylvania don’t pay their fair share. We need to stand with the Governor in order to make sure the richest industries in the commonwealth pay their fair share, instead of leaving us with the bill.
Exploit the Delaware Loophole, which allows CEOs to open a POBox in DE and avoid PA state taxes.The problem is so bad in Pennsylvania that 74% of corporations don’t pay any state taxes at all.
Exploit their “non-profit” status. We know that tax free mega charities like UPMC don’t pass the smell test. They abandon those most in need of healthcare, pay exorbitant salaries to their Executives and illegally fire employees who are standing up to form their union.
Cut a deal, like the Marcellus Shale Corp. The natural gas companies can take as much as they want out of Pennsylvania without paying any extraction tax. Taxing Shale Gas at the same rate as our neighbors in Ohio, goes a long way to fixing our state budget.