From the Green Party website:
Five months into the budget impasse, public schools are forced to borrow and incur debt to stay open, social service agencies are unable to provide needed assistance, yet, in the General Assembly it’s business as usual.
Reserving over $150 million from past operating budget surpluses, the General Assembly weathers the storm. Meanwhile it’s constituents suffer the consequences. To add insult, poor and working class people will bear the brunt of a regressive budget framework that raises the sales tax by 21%.
“It’s really unconscionable that the Governor’s proposed compromise is to fund schools on the backs of poor people with an increase in the sales tax, one of the most regressive taxes out there. And the Republican legislature is no better, holding the entire state budget hostage over their protection of polluting frackers and drillers. We need new people will new ideas to go to Harrisburg and bring some sanity to our government,” said Hillary Kane, GPPA Secretary.
The Green Party of Pennsylvania is seeking candidates for the 2016 election to challenge incumbent legislators. A recent federal court ruling declaring Pennsylvania’s treatment of third party candidates “unconstitutional”, coupled with partisan redistricting and uncontested incumbents, give third party candidates a fresh opportunity to challenge incumbents.
“These legislators consider themselves elite, serving themselves before their constituents.” said Jay Sweeney, Chair of the Green Party of Pennsylvania. “If they were leaders, they would cut their salaries and benefits first and return operating budget surpluses back into the General Fund. It’s time for new leaders to emerge.”
The Green Party of Pennsylvania stands opposed to the regressive tax plans. Working people should not bear the burden. There should be a more equitable distribution of the tax burden.
The Green Party of Pennsylvania is an independent political party that stands in opposition to the two corporate parties. The Green Party of Pennsylvania stands for grassroots democracy, social justice, non violence and ecology.