Posts from — July 2009

What’s not to love about our current health care system??

July 31, 2009   Comments Off

Our health care system is fine just the way it is
Jonathan Alter, Newsweek, July 31, 2009.

Krugman Op-Ed in the New York Times

July 30, 2009   Comments Off

Health Care Realities
Paul Krugman, New York Times – Opinion, July 30, 2009.

Push still on to make sure the purpose of Mayview not forgotten

July 30, 2009   Comments Off

Mayview plan satisfies, but implementation still unclear
Brian David, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 30, 2009

Portion of Mayview proceeds to be set aside for mental health care

July 29, 2009   Comments Off

Mayview task force has vision, but road ahead still unclear
Brian David, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 29, 2009

2009-2010 Pennsylvania State Budget Talking Points

July 28, 2009   Comments Off

It is almost a month past the due date for the Pennsylvania State Budget for the 2009-2010 fiscal year.

As our legislators continue to deliberate, make sure your voice is heard! Below are suggested talking points.


2009-2010 Pennsylvania State Budget

  • It most definitely is raining in Pennsylvania. It is time to tap into the state’s $750 million ‘”Rainy Day Fund” to alleviate the severity of proposed cuts to services for persons with disabilities.
  • We must not balance the state budget on the backs of the most vulnerable.
  • Each of us is held by a shared, social safety net and the net supports us all. In these difficult economic times we must maintain and keep this shared social safety net secure.
  • Maintaining programs that assist persons to live independently and participate in community are significantly more cost-efficient than cutting those services and relying on institutionalized care.
  • We must have a balanced budget. The current economic climate presents us with a situation that will involved both increasing revenues and cutting services. Severely cutting and/or eliminating services for persons with disabilities, seniors, and children are not a reasonable solution either morally or economically. Investments in early childhood education, provisions that allow persons to remain in their homes instead of placement in an institution, and services that assist personst o live independently and contribute to community provide long range savings and economic benefits.
  • The proposed 0.5% personal income tax increase (PIT) is only temporary and will take care of the next two budget years.
  • Even with a 0.5% PIT increas, Pennsylvania will still be the third lowest state in terms of PIT.
  • The impact of a 0.5% PIT increase on a family making $40,000/year would result in $0.49/day — less than a pack of chewing gum.  For a family income of $100,000/year the result would be $1.16/day — less than a cup of coffee or a loaf of bread.
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