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PA Residents: Call Your Legislators
Posted On: Jul 06, 2017
Dear PLCB member,
The spending portion of the state budget was passed by the General Assembly on Friday, June 30th. However, lawmakers will be returning this week to consider revenue options on how to pay for this year’s state budget plan. I’m writing to ask you to contact your legislators and insist they pass a budget with accountable, recurring revenue – instead of another attempt to privatize liquor stores for a quick buck.
We all need a budget that funds good public schools, quality health and human services, infrastructure, and support for hungry, homeless and vulnerable Pennsylvanians. We do not need a budget balanced on the faulty promise of revenue from private liquor sales. We need real revenue to fund real programs that citizens, like all of you, count on.
Unfortunately, some lawmakers are pushing a plan to borrow hundreds of millions of dollars, using proceeds from a large tobacco settlement reached years ago, to plug the deficit. They also are discussing further privatization of Wine and Spirits stores. Instead of one-time gimmicks and putting the state further into debt, call your legislator and encourage them to consider the follow options for recurring revenue to the General Fund:
Raise the Minimum Wage: Revenue: $225 million
Eliminate corporate loopholes: Revenue: $200 million
Impose a Marcellus Tax on Big Oil: Revenue: $218 million
Lawmakers should recognize that now is the time to address our fiscal mess, but instead are trying to eliminate the state liquor stores and your jobs along with them. It’s critical that you call your state representative and senator today and urge them to reject risky schemes and liquor privatization. Tell them it is time to address the budget shortfall once and for all.