2009-2010 Pennsylvania State Budget Talking Points

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.

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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