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.

Governor Wolf’s Proposed Pennsylvania Budget

Governor Tom Wolf joins President Rick Bloomingdale and Sec.-Treas. Frank Snyder on a call with union members in central Pennsylvania. Governor Tom Wolf delivered his third Pennsylvania Budget Address this week to a joint session of the Pennsylvania General Assembly.  Ahead of the address, an op-ed from President Bloomingdale called for “a budget for working families”.  Read More

Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Applauds Wolf’s Line-Item Veto Of Mike Turzai’s “Garbage” Budget

Pennsylvania AFL-CIO President Rick Bloomingdale and Secretary-Treasurer Frank Snyder share Governor Wolf’s frustration and anger towards the Republican leadership in the State House, who decided last week to leave town rather than finish their work on the long-overdue budget. By using his authority to veto portions of the GOP’s out-of-balance budget – rather than vetoing it in its entirety – Wolf is ensuring that badly needed funding will begin to flow to schools and cash-strapped county agencies and non-profits while still demanding that the legislature return to session and pass a balanced budget that addresses the significant needs of the Commonwealth. Read More

Be Prepared To Take Action As Budget Negotiations Come To A Head

Negotiations continue over the details of a budget compromise announced a few weeks ago. The State House approved a Liquor Privatization bill that is virtually identical to the bill vetoed by Governor Wolf in June. It is expected that this bill – House Bill 1690 – will be used to privatize liquor as part of the budget negotiations. Read More