Support the Plan4PA

Pennsylvania House Democrats are urging bipartisan work on their "Plan for PA," which advances the values of working, middle-class families in Pennsylvania with policies and legislation focused on putting people first and creating good jobs, providing quality schools, ensuring affordable health care and establishing a fair economy.

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Don't put health care at risk! Reject Medicaid work requirements

Healthcare is a basic need for all people, a life and death product that should not come with punishing strings attached. But Republicans in Harrisburg are pushing legislation that would hurt poor and struggling Pennsylvanians who need this support to live safe, healthy and productive lives. Their legislation (H.B. 2138) also would have taxpayers like you pay more than $3.5 billion to add an additional layer of bureaucracy to an important system of support for the elderly, disabled and children. Tell your state lawmakers and the Republicans who control the agenda to put People First and reject such a callous and costly plan.

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Join the fight for Equal Pay in Pennsylvania

Women still only earn, on average, about 80 cents for every dollar a man brings in. It’s time for such inequality to end. 

The penalties under Pennsylvania’s Equal Pay Law have not been updated since it took effect in 1959. Legislation in the House Democrats' Plan4PA would penalize employers that knowingly pay women less than men for equal work, give employees the ability to inquire about wages and disclose information about wages and prohibit retaliation against workers who discuss or file a complaint about pay inequities. 

We need to deal with this issue now and reverse the lifelong negative impact of the gender wage gap. Please let lawmakers know you support this bill.

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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 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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Ensure retirement security for Pennsylvanians

A staggering 44 percent of working Pennsylvanians – over two-million workers – lack access to any retirement plan. Pennsylvania House Democrats are proposing the Keystone Retirement Savings Program (House Bill 465) as part of our #Plan4PA to address this emergency.

The program would give millions of working Pennsylvanians the option to protect their retirement futures by offering them access to a state-run, privately managed plan that is safe and portable.

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