MEDIA ADVISORY FOR: Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 12:00 pm
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Lynsey Kryzwick: 646.200.5311, firstname.lastname@example.org; Emma Stieglitz: 646.200.5307, email@example.com
HARRISBURG, PA – Pennsylvanians from across the state will gather in the Capitol rotunda following the Governor’s budget address on Tuesday to call for an end of tax breaks for rich corporations and the 1%. Without corporations paying their fair share, the new budget will force cuts on education, universities, healthcare, transportation and other services the majority of Pennsylvanians rely on to support their families. The taxpayers will call on the Governor to address budget shortfalls by ending tax breaks for rich corporations and the 1%, including closing the Delaware and Amazon loopholes and enacting a Marcellus Shale gas extraction tax, which would add nearly $1 billion to the state’s income this year.
Wearing t-shirts reading, “Gov. Corbett, Whose side are you on? Stand with the 99%,” the group of concerned taxpayers from Pittsburgh and Philadelphia will travel to Harrisburg to hear the Governor’s budget address and voice their concerns about proposed cuts that will further hurt their families and communities at a time when they can least afford it.
The group will highlight proposals for nearly $1 billion that would be generated by closing tax loopholes that keep rich corporations from paying their fair share to support public schools and universities, roads, infrastructure and public transportation, healthcare and other services. The proposals include more than $500 million in revenue from closing the Delaware loophole, $247 million from a moderate Marcellus Shale extraction tax and $74 million from closing a sales tax loophole.
The protest is being organized by concerned taxpayers from across the state and community organizations, including One Pittsburgh, Fight for Philly, Occupy Temple, Philadelphia Economic Advancement Collective, Philadelphia Unemployment Project, Occupy Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh UNITED and ACTION United.
WHAT: Protest of the Governor’s Budget Proposal
WHO: Concerned taxpayers, including unemployed workers, teachers, students and healthcare workers
WHEN: Tuesday, February 7
12:00 pm (following the Governor’s budget address)
*Protestors will be available for media interviews beginning at 9 am
WHERE: Capitol Rotunda
VISUAL: More than one hundred Pennsylvanians wearing t-shirts reading, “Gov. Corbett, Whose side are you on? Stand with the 99%” and chanting, “Tax the 1%!”
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