Green Party of Pennsylvania Denounces Budget Framework, Seeks 2016 Candidates

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.

One thought on “Green Party of Pennsylvania Denounces Budget Framework, Seeks 2016 Candidates

  1. Steve Scheetz

    Well, I am surprised that I agree with the Green Party when they denounce the budget framework. Like all of its predecessors, it is focusing on a tax and spend policy and the bickering is going on because politician A wishes to add some more cash to the prison industrial complex, politician B wishes to pay for schools, politician C wishes to have his name bantered about as caring more for the needs of Pennsylvanians than all others….

    I have a thought for the Greens, the Democrats, and the Republicans. PLEASE STOP ROBBING PEOPLE! Give us our money back, and stop with the failed programs! Where is the 15% tax on liquor going now that the the rebuilding of Johnstown has been completed after the flood of 1936? I remember reading about it when I was researching a history paper, and it was sold as a temporary tax to pay for the rebuilding of Johnstown, and then it would be over.

    That is nearly 70 years if one allows 10 years for that job to be paid.

    So yes, I denounce the budget framework as it sits, and I strongly doubt that the politicians in Harrisburg will arrive as some sort of taxing and spending plan that will make me comfortable in supporting. (I mean what are the odds that they will come up with a plan to not spend and not tax?)


    Steve Scheetz

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