children get a quality education that prepares them to be
women will have the right to choose what they do or do not do
with their own bodies. Vote
can earn the same pay as a man who does the same job, and have
that pay be an actual living wage. Vote
someone will protect the air we breathe
and the water that we drink. Vote
so that we
have access to affordable healthcare.
In other words, vote
protect all the things that every single one of us here believes
should be a fundamental right, things that our
candidates will fight to protect,
and things that the Republicans are actively opposed to."-
from Mikehadwin in Daily Kos March 7, 2016
PA GOV. WOLF AND THE MINIMUM WAGE (March 8, 2016)
"I signed an executive order
yesterday that ensures employees under my jurisdiction will be
no less than $10.15 an hour. If the politicians in Harrisburg
would join me, and raise the wage statewide,
it would help 1.2 million Pennsylvanians, put $1.8 billion into
workers' pockets, and create more than 6,000 jobs."
Let's #RaiseTheWage and create jobs that pay -- sign the
SENATOR CASEY HELPS WORKING
Senator Casey has co-sponsored the Healthy Families Act, which
alleviate some of the pressures individuals grapple with by
guaranteeing up to seven paid sick days.
SENATOR CASEY FIGHTS DARK
MONEY IN POLITICS
Senator Casey has co-sponsored the
DISCLOSE Act, commonsense legislation that would require Super
to reveal the names of donors who give $10,000 or more, and
prohibit the use of shell corporations
that mask the true source of political donations.
WHY WE NEED ACTION ON CLIMATE
Watch this short EPA video
"The Department of Defense sees climate
change as a present security threat, not strictly a long-term
- U.S. Department of Defense July 25, 2015 report to Congress
solar is the future: it is good for the environment and good for
consumers. However, in February 2016
the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission (PUC) put limits
on rooftop solar -- potentially preventing new
installations and making it harder for homeowners to reap the
full benefits of investing in this clean energy.
Pennsylvania ranks third in the nation
— behind California and Texas — for carbon pollution.
Yet, those states have employed renewables and efficiency
measures to address climate challenges
in a much greater way than Pennsylvania has. We have the
potential to be a national model in energy efficiency and clean
energy, but we must push policy makers to act. -
Larry Schweiger, PennFuture Feb.11, 2016
Clean Power Plan is our nation’s biggest step ever to
reduce dangerous carbon pollution that is driving
10, 2016, the
stated it will continue developing its plan so that Pennsylvania
won’t fall behind in cutting carbon pollution. The Clean Power
Plan has overwhelming public support
and is critical to reducing skyrocketing asthma rates and severe
Josh McNeil, Conservation Voters of PA
Climate change doesn't stop for politics, and neither
should climate action. We are thankful to have a governor who
appreciates the urgency of acting to reduce carbon pollution,
and the important role Pennsylvania has to play in mitigating
climate change. - Clean Air Council Feb
pushed for two common-sense federal gun safety measures --
one to stop suspected terrorists from buying guns, another to
end a ban on federal funding of gun violence research.
rejected both of them.
85% of Americans - including
large majorities of Democrats (88%) and Republicans (79%) -
favor expanded background checks. (Source:
Pew Research Center September 2015)
Gov. Wolf: "It's not about politics, it's about math"
Gov. TOM WOLF
inherited a $2 billion budget
deficit from his predecessor Gov. Corbett and the previous
Gov. Wolf is declining
a salary and benefits as governor, and
also will not let his staff members
accept even tiny gifts.
Governor Wolf's priorities:
* Fix the fiscal mess Harrisburg has ignored for years with
"kick the can down the road" gimmicks
* Increase the state's
share of education funding from 35 to 50 percent,
to prepare Pennsylvania’s children
and workers for the 21st century
and to reduce school districts’ reliance
on property taxes.
* Ensure that Pennsylvania workers can count on a secure
* Reform our tax system,
which asks too much of middle-class and low-income working
and too little of the wealthiest.
rate currently taxes the income of the
at the same rate as the poorest wage
* Cut property taxes in half for the average homeowner and
eliminate them altogether for many seniors.
* Close the Delaware business-tax
loophole and end tax credits that do not
* Establish a 5
percent extraction tax on natural gas. [PA
is the only major gas-producing state
in the country without
a tax on natural gas. Even Texas, Oklahoma, and West Virginia
have a severance tax
fund education and other key priorities.
While these states currently have lower corporate income tax
rates than Pennsylvania, Gov. Wolf's proposal would
also cut that rate in half to make our tax system both competitive and fair.
Note that natural gas taxes are often paid by out-of-state consumers. PA
consumers pay severance taxes imposed by other states; but we
fail to collect revenue when our Marcellus Shale gas is
* Protect a woman's right to make her own personal health
* Prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender
identity and expression, which is not only wrong on a human
level, but also ill-advised for attracting businesses and
creating jobs in today's global economy.
Read Sep. 2, 2014 Philadelphia
Magazine Tom Wolf profile by
Read Jan. 23,
2015 New York Times article
-by Sen. Bernie
Sanders, I-VT, V
If we are
serious about rebuilding the
disappearing middle class and
reducing income and wealth
inequality, we need a budget that
creates decent-paying jobs, raises
wages, makes college more affordable
and demands that the wealthiest pay
their fair share...
At a time when
our roads and bridges are crumbling,
funding for infrastructure would make
our country more productive and
safer. It would also create millions
of good jobs.
At a time
when we need a well-educated
workforce for a highly competitive
making the first two years of
community college free would be an
important step forward in making
college accessible for working class
At a time when
almost all of the new income gains
in recent years have gone to the top
1% and when corporate profits are at
an all-time high, efforts to end egregious corporate
tax loopholes while providing tax
breaks for working families would be
movement in the right direction.
And at a time
when senior poverty is increasing,
we must expand, not cut, Social
Security, Medicare and Medicaid
benefits. As most Americans know,
billionaire campaign contributors
and corporate lobbyists exercise
enormous influence in Washington,
which is why the rich get richer
while almost everyone else gets
poorer. Enough is enough! Let's join
together and fight for a government that
helps working families, and not just
the top 1%.
January 6, 2015
Moment for Democratic Women
65 Democratic women were sworn in to the U.S. House of
the most women in a single
caucus of any party in the history of our nation.