Raise the minimum wage for working families, Pennsylvania’s economy

Raising the minimum wage is about economic fairness and economic sense: every state around Pennsylvania has a higher minimum wage. It’s also about boosting our state's economy. Raising the minimum wage would put more money in the pockets of low-wage workers, money that would be spent on goods and services in our small businesses.

Fill out the form to email legislative leaders and your state lawmakers to let them know that you support an increase in the minimum wage.


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Voice your support for a natural-gas severance tax in Pennsylvania

Every major natural-gas producing state in the nation – except Pennsylvania – has a severance tax to ensure a safe, healthy and educated state for drillers to do business with. When those states ship their natural gas to us, we pay for those states’ windfalls. Here in Pennsylvania, however, where Harrisburg chooses special-interests over people, we don't benefit similarly. Our Commonwealth has lost more than $2.3 billion dollars -- about the size of the current deficit -- due to the lack of a responsible severance tax on drillers.

Pennsylvania is unique in that it has a constitutional claim to our natural resources. Article I, Section 27, “Natural Resources and the Public Estate,” of the Pennsylvania Constitution states: 

Pennsylvania’s public natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come. As trustee of these resources, the Commonwealth shall conserve and maintain them for the benefit of all the people.

As powerful as the statement is, it is ignored in the sweetheart tax breaks handed to out-of-state and special interests since the Marcellus Shale drilling boom began. Fill out the form below to let Harrisburg know that it’s past time for Pennsylvania to benefit from the harvest of its natural resources.

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Join the fight for a fairer tax system -- eliminate corporate loopholes!

A 2009 Revenue Department study revealed that over 27,000 corporations paid some corporate tax in Pennsylvania; however, that same year, more than 77,000 paid NO corporate income tax to the commonwealth. Pennsylvania must work create tax fairness among all income levels and businesses.

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Treat all public schools equally - charter school reform is key

Charter schools and traditional public schools both receive tax dollars and are considered public schools under Pennsylvania law. To ensure quality educational opportunities for all children, they should be treated equally under law. But they’re not.

For too many years, charter schools have been free to operate under rules less stringent than those required of traditional public schools. It’s led to the mismanagement of charters and the bungling of millions of taxpayer dollars by these publicly funded schools.  

House Democrats have introduced a package of bills designed to treat all Pennsylvania public schools – both traditional and charter – and their students equally and fairly under law.

Tell your state lawmaker to pass the House Democrats' charter school reform package today!

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