FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
State Rep. Mike Sturla
Chairman, Democratic Policy Committee
State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio
HDPC continues exploration of the impact of state budget cuts
PHILADELPHIA, July 28 – The House Democratic Policy Committee today held a public hearing at Saint Joseph’s University about the state budget cuts’ impact on education, human services, and economic development, according to Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster.
State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., requested the hearing and served as the co-chair. The hearing specifically focused on how the state budget is affecting communities in southeastern Pennsylvania as the Policy Committee evaluates what needs will be required for next year’s state budget.
Sturla said, "The effects of the Republican budget have been detrimental for the Commonwealth. Representative DeLissio has been a leader in advocating for the residents of her community who are being impacted the most. With her help, the Policy Committee is leading the charge to garner public input on the harmful budget cuts as we prepare for next year’s budget."
"The Policy committee wanted to hear from my constituents in the 194th district and know that these experiences echo those from all over the state," DeLissio said."The enacted budget is short-sighted and may save dollars on paper but will cost more as the cuts to programs affecting education and human services are implemented. I am pleased we were able to provide today’s forum to learn from others how our actions in Harrisburg impact the day to day life of the citizens of the Commonwealth."
Those testifying at the hearing included: Stacy Levitan, executive eirector, Judith Creed Homes for Adult Independence; Kevin Kelly, vice president and chief financial officer, Inglis Foundation; Carol Jones, director of Care Management, Inglis Foundation; Mark Davis, Esq., director of Public Policy, JEVS Human Services; Steve Brandt, principal, Roxborough High School; Jose Peguero, parent, Cook-Wissahickon Elementary School; Rebecca Poyourow, parent, Cook-Wissahickon Elementary School; Bernard Guet, executive director, Roxborough Development Corporation; Jane Lipton, executive director, Manayunk Development Corporation; Gina Snyder, executive director, East Falls Development Corporation; Cheryl Whitfield, vice president of Human Resources, Inglis Foundation.
For more information about the Policy Committee and hearing materials, visit www.pahouse.com/PolicyCommittee.