Union members demand answers to the State Budget

Union members standing outside of Speaker Turzai's office demanding a fair budget.

Union members standing outside of Speaker Turzai’s office demanding a fair budget.

The Pennsylvania Budget for Fiscal 2017-2018 is still not finished. Pennsylvanians deserve to know why and who is responsible. The answer is the House Republican Caucus led by Speaker of the House Mike Turzai, who refuses to accept any plan for funding the budget already passed by the General Assembly that includes new, recurring revenue that is revenue that is generated year after year.
Members from Philadelphia, Allentown, and Bethlehem showed up to his office in Harrisburg, but Turzai was not present.  If you are looking for House Speaker Mike Turzai, you will have to go to Georgia to find him.He is down there attending a gathering of Republican lawmakers in his role as chairman of the Republican Legislative Campaign Committee, which bills itself as the only national organization focused on a mission of electing more Republican state lawmakers.

“While Governor Wolf and House and Senate Democrats have put politics aside and reached across the aisle to work toward a balanced budget, Mike Turzai derailed negotiations for his own political gain,” said Beth Melena, a spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Democratic Party.

 

 

Lori Hertzog from Allentown School District

Lori Hertzog from Allentown School District

Outside of Turzai’s office members demanded a Fair Budget.  They demanded that the Marcella Shale be taxed and the taxes help fund school districts.  Many of the members that showed up are school district employees, they are parents with school age children.  “All we want is a  budget that will bring money back to Pennsylvania’s schools, and the citizens of our state.” Stated Lori Hertzog.

Heather Bishop with son Quinn, Lori Hertzog, and Tara Stephenson.

Heather Bishop with son Quinn, Lori Hertzog, and Tara Stephenson.

This sign says it all !!

This sign says it all !!

 

Members from Philadelphia

Members from Philadelphia

 

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