Governor Tom Wolf outlined the details of his budget proposal, answered questions, and asked for our help and support in getting it passed by the Legislature. He thanked President Bloomingdale, Secretary-Treasurer Snyder and the over 8,000 participants who joined the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Telephone Town Hall Conference call last evening covering both rural and urban areas of Pennsylvania. The Governor’s only regret was not enough time to answer the dozens and dozens of questions that were being called in from all over the state by union members.
In his closing remarks the Governor said, “I’m doing this for a brighter future for Pennsylvania. We are trying to make Pennsylvania a better place to live, to work and to raise a family, not only because it’s the right thing to do, but it is also the smart thing to do for us and our children.”
President Bloomingdale said, “So much of what the Governor is trying to do is in our best interests. It is refreshing to have a governor that listens to workers. We have a lot of work to do from now until this budget is passed and it is going to take all of us – our action and our support – to get the job done.”
Secretary-Treasurer Snyder, who moderated the telecast, also expressed his appreciation for the Governor’s participation. He thanked Governor Wolf for being “a different kind of Governor with a different kind of budget – a balanced budget, he emphasized, with both Republican and Democratic ideas that are good for Pennsylvania,” Snyder said.
A toolkit containing materials to help workers discuss the budget with family, co-workers and their legislators is being mailed to hundreds of tele-town hall participants, who volunteered to take action. Toolkits are available upon request.