Gainey: Dems’ Plan for PA puts families, people first

HARRISBURG, Dec. 7 – Saying it’s time to break free of Republican-induced stagnation, state Rep. Ed Gainey, D-Allegheny, on Wednesday touted the merits of Plan for PA, a House Democratic proposal that puts people and families first, instead of corporations and special interests.  

At a Capitol news conference, Gainey joined other Democratic proponents of their plan, rolling it out as a way to break a status quo that isn’t working for a wide swath of Pennsylvanians in rural, urban and suburban areas who continue struggling to make financial ends meet.

“The one thing we can agree on is that we need to put people first,” Gainey said. “We want to put our families first. We want to make sure that people have good-paying jobs and great quality health care. Today, Pennsylvania Democrats have put a plan forth that helps us get there. But we need your help.”

Gainey said an essential priority of the Democrats’ plan is a sharp focus on education and workforce development and training, so that state policy is better shaped to help people acquire the skills needed for in-demand jobs.

“If we’re going to improve wages, it starts with improving the quality of education,” said Gainey, noting the need to ensure that students in all school districts – from the wealthiest to the poorest – have an equal opportunity to prepare for jobs of the future.

Gainey said the Plan for PA’s workforce development emphasis includes the skilled trades as well as traditional post-secondary education.

Gainey said some of the plan’s overall highlights are:

  • Reducing property taxes for homeowners by ending the free ride for gas drillers.

  • Eliminating tax loopholes for big corporations, so everyone pays their fair share.

  • Supporting small businesses so they succeed and create more jobs.

  • Giving entrepreneurs access to the low-cost loans they need to start new businesses.

  • Making higher education and training more affordable for everyone.

  • Giving people the power they need to manage their own health care and records.

  • Providing every working Pennsylvanian a safe and easy way to save for a secure retirement.

The full plan is available at http://plan4pa.pahouse.com.