State Budget

Candidate Tom Wolf ran on a platform of restoring fairness to our Commonwealth. Fairness means ensuring that students receive a world-class education that isn’t dependent on what zip code they live in; fairness means recognizing the dignity of work and growing a strong middle class; and fairness means a tax code that doesn’t keep asking hard-working Pennsylvanians to pay more, while billion-dollar corporations and millionaire CEOs are able to avoid paying their share.

Governor Tom Wolf has been living up to the promise of the candidate that we supported in last year’s election. He has laid out a simple, three-point mantra to guide the Commonwealth’s business moving forward: Jobs That Pay, Schools That Teach, and Government That Works. Governor Wolf knows that if we achieve these three goals, that we will bend the arc towards fairness for all Pennsylvanians.

What’s New in Harrisburg: Education, Pensions and Infrastructure

In Harrisburg, the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO and our affiliate unions are working hard for all working people in our Commonwealth. State Legislation has a tremendous, direct impact on our lives. As we head into budget season, we’re keeping a close watch on worker legislation for you. Read More

Our Bottom Line:  The Pennsylvania Budget      

This week, President Rick Bloomingdale and Secretary-Treasurer Frank Snyder hosted The Bottom Line Forum on PCN.  The officers discussed the Pennsylvania Budget joined by Senate Appropriations Committee Minority Chair Senator Vince Hughes, Organizer and Representative of IUOE Local 66 Tammy Geanangel, and Executive Director of SEIU PA State Council Reesa Kossoff.  Read More

PA’s Pension System Subject of Discussion During Budget Hearings

As Pennsylvania’s budget hearings progress, the General Assembly has and will continue to include significant discussion of the state’s two largest pension funds, the State Employee Retirement System (SERS) and the Public School Employee Retirement System (PSERS).  Understanding the state’s pension funding situation can be difficult and misleading on a normal day, but even more so during the intense nature of the Commonwealth’s budget hearings. Read More