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.

PA Budget Hearings Discuss UC Call Center Funding

This week, the General Assembly’s hearings began on Governor Tom Wolf’s proposed budget. Among the many issues discussed in questions and testimony during Wednesday’s Appropriations Committee Budget Hearing with the Department of Labor and Industry was the ongoing issue of funding the Unemployment Compensation Call Centers. Read More

Governor Wolf’s Proposed Pennsylvania Budget

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”.  In light of a 1.7-billion-dollar budget deficit, many across the Commonwealth were nervously anticipating the harsh austerity measures of past administrations that ultimately do more harm than good.  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