In 2014, Pennsylvanian's governor, the entire House of Representatives and half of the state's senators will be up for re-election. No matter where you stand on the political spectrum, much is riding on the outcome. The future of our schools, colleges, universities and state agencies is at stake, unless we elect candidates who support adequate, equitable and sustainable state funding. Use the links below to make sure you are registered to vote and vote to preserve good public schools, affordable colleges and universities and family sustaining jobs in the Primary Election (May 20) and General Election (Nov. 4).
Gov. Corbett has proposed reducing our pension benefits drastically, so we've developed new AFTPA Pension Reform Talking Points to help you write to your state legislators and local newspapers and advocate to protect our pensions. Download Talking Points PDF or click
Gov. Corbett’s 2013-14 budget proposes an additional $375 million in new tax cuts for profitable corporations – on top of $800 million in business tax cuts enacted in the previous two budgets. Urge legislators to make big, profitable corporations pay their fair share in Pennsylvania. See AFTPA's End Corporate Giveways talking points.
Gov. Corbett's proposed 2013-14 budget would leave 90% of his billion-dollar K-12 budget cuts intact, flat funding community colleges and universities and increase early childhood education funding slightly. Urge legislators to restore two years of education funding cuts that have devastating consequences for students. Click here to download Education Budget Talking Points or, to keep reading click more...
Gov. Corbett's top priority this session is pension "reform," which could undermine the financial security of AFT Pennsylvania members. We have to be ready to fight with everything we've got to stop legislative attacks on our pensions.
- GET THE FACTS. Read a Special Pension Edition of the AFT Pennsylvanian
- STAY INFORMED. Visit our new, Protect Our Pensions web page regularly.
- CONTACT YOUR STATE LEGISLATORS. Urge them to oppose attacks on school and state employee pensions.
The Corbett administration has declared war on the teachers' and public employees' pension systems. Calling the nearly 100-year-old pension systems a "tapeworm," Gov. Corbett said pension "reform" is a top priority this year. Find out what this means for your future financial security.