Rally Marks 100th Day Without a Pennsylvania State Budget

Oct 07, 2009, 14:11 ET from Public Citizens for Children and Youth

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Advocates, non-profit agencies, businesses, faith communities, and individuals negatively impacted by the state's budget impasse will mark Pennsylvania's 100th day without a budget with a rally on Thursday, Oct. 8, 12 p.m. (noon), at the Municipal Services Building, JFK Boulevard between Broad and 15th Streets, Philadelphia.

The event - organized by the Southeast Coalition of Essential Services, an ad hoc organization of more than 70 nonprofits, agencies, businesses, and other groups that have been working to end the impasse - will include a visual display titled "100 Ways, 100 Days: How the Budget Impasse Has Hurt Pennsylvanians" to highlight the pain suffered by individuals, agencies, businesses and institutions throughout Pennsylvania. The display will feature brief written testimony on 100 ways that people have been hurt by the delay.

Pennsylvania remains the only state in the nation operating without a budget. Legislators inched closer toward resolution early this week; but wary Pennsylvanians and frustrated social service providers, who will have to wait for funds to start flowing even after a budget is secured, intend to keep the pressure on the state's leaders until the crisis is resolved.

"This has been a long, hurtful process - with most of the pain endured by some of the most vulnerable individuals in our Commonwealth: people who are sick, young people, older adults, the small business owner trying to make ends meet," said Sheila Simmons, education director for Public Citizens for Children and Youth. "We hope that, by marking this occasion, our legislators will more keenly recognize the human impact of their inaction and commit to never putting the state and its citizens in such a position again."

"One hundred days should be the shame of Pennsylvania," said Debbie Plotnick, director of advocacy, Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania. "Unfortunately, some service providers will never recover, and this will have a terrible impact on those they serve."

Speakers will include:

  • David Fair, Senior Vice President for Community Impact, United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania
  • Shelly Yanoff, Executive Director, Public Citizens for Children and Youth
  • Sharmain Matlock Turner, President, Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition (GPUAC)
  • Matthew A. Teter, Executive Director, Calcutta House
  • Lynne Cutler, Executive Director, Women's Opportunity Resource Center
  • Father Isaac Miller, Church of the Advocate

A similar event will take place in Harrisburg, 1:30 p.m., in the Capital Rotunda.

SOURCE Public Citizens for Children and Youth