Davis joins House Democrats to unveil 'Plan For PA'

Shift in Harrisburg priorities needed to lift up families, workers

HARRISBURG, Dec. 6 – State Rep. Tina Davis, D-Bucks, joined a group of House Democratic lawmakers today to unveil Plan For PA, a comprehensive strategy that puts people first, supports good jobs, fights for quality schools and promotes a fairer tax structure.

The plan involves several legislative initiatives sponsored among House Democrats. Davis is introducing a bill that would reinvest money made from Pennsylvania’s Business in Our Sites program into more shovel-ready projects.

Sites targeted under the program are old or undeveloped properties that are planned and zoned for improvement. Initially, the Commonwealth Financing Authority allocated $300 million in BIOS grant and loan funds for businesses to improve sites and create jobs. Repayment on the loans is then used to fund more projects.

Davis’s bill would allow the CFA to use its current portfolio as security to raise an additional $50-$100 million for even more projects.

“Too many bills coming out of Harrisburg are falling tone-deaf on families out here in the real world,” Davis said. “Our plan is to put the focus back on families and the good jobs they need. Add that to other bills in the package focused on education and health care, and that’s how we improve things in Pennsylvania. It’s really that simple.”

The House Democratic Plan for PA focuses on four components:

  1. A People First Plan for PA that protects the safety, health, financial security, and dignity and opportunity that every Pennsylvanian deserves, not just those at the top.

  2. A Jobs Plan for PA that attracts good jobs that support families, moves the economy forward, expands opportunities for working people, and protects the financial security of the middle class.

  3. A Quality Schools Plan for PA that gives every child access to a safe school and a quality education, and allows adults to gain the skills and training they need to do the jobs businesses are looking to fill. 

  4. A Fair Taxes Plan for PA that eases the tax burden on working people and homeowners and prevents corporations and the wealthy from exploiting the middle class.

The priorities were announced following several particularly divisive weeks of session in Harrisburg in which the majority brought up bills that would attack a woman’s right to choose, children’s right to health care and the ability for unions to collectively bargain, Davis said.

“These priorities are not what everyday Pennsylvanians are asking from their government,” she said. “They want access to good-paying jobs, affordable health care and secure retirement. We need to correct the course of action in Harrisburg and align it with those values.”

More on the House Democrats' Plan for PA is available at plan4pa.pahouse.com.