Over the last few weeks, we’ve encouraged you to contact your state Representatives and Senators about the state budget, and we’ve seen the results. Although we could not stop the House from passing a dangerous bill to fund the budget, your letters and calls have encouraged the Senate to block it.
It’s time to take action again because, as you may have seen, Standard & Poor’s downgraded the state’s credit rating this morning. This will lead to higher interest costs and, thus, tax increases at all levels of government, perhaps for years to come. S&P acted not just because this year’s budget is not funded, but because Speaker Turzai and his fellow extremists in the House refuse to even consider legislation that would provide recurring revenues to balance the budget now and in the future.
So, once again, it’s critical for us to contact House members and ask them to demand that Speaker Turzai bring legislation to the floor that provides long-term funding for state programs, including a severance tax on natural gas drilling, also known as a shale tax.
At a time when too many state legislators refuse to act responsibly to balance the budget, they desperately need to hear us, the voters¸ telling them that the time has come to tax natural gas drillers at the same rate as other states with more expensive and less abundant gas reserves than Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvanians all over our Commonwealth are counting on you.
Thanks for all you do in support of a Pennsylvania budget that works for all of us.
Tom Herman, President, SEIU Local 668