Crowd of Thousands Rally for a Responsible State Budget

A crowd of thousands rallied on the steps of the Pennsylvania Capitol Tuesday to call on lawmakers and the Governor to enact a responsible state budget — one that closes tax loopholes and ends special tax breaks before making deep cuts to schools, colleges, prekindergarten, health care and services for victims of abuse.

JoAnn Weinberger, the executive director of the Center for Literacy, was one of the speakers at the rally, coordinated by the CLEAR Coalition. She said that because of budget cuts 40,000 adults in rural, urban and suburban communities across Pennsylvania aren't receiving the education they need to be competitive in the workforce.

"Why should adult literacy support be cut when people need the skills to get jobs?" she asked.

Several other speakers called on lawmakers to close tax loopholes, reject cuts to critical services and enact a responsible budget.

The Patriot-News has a two-and-a-half minute highlights video from the rally that attracted more than five thousand union members, advocates and working Pennsylvanians. Check it out.



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