GPOP joins Coalition of Essential Services • 03.14.09
The Green Party of Philadelphia City Committee has agreed to join the Coalition and work with other groups to urge the Mayor to retain funding for essential services during the budget crisis.
Just a month ago, the mayor and everyone else was talking about cutting essential services like the libraries. Citizens turned out to the citizen’s forums, and said loud and clear that we’d rather raise taxes than cut services. The Mayor listened… to an extent.
His proposed budget, which will officially be released on Thursday, March 19, was leaked to the public. In it, there are still many service cuts. And most of the tax raises are on regressive taxes like the sales tax and property tax, not the wage tax.
Now, we need to take it to the next level and push for PROgressive not REgressive taxes.
Read more to learn how you can help.
1. Talk to your neighbors and get signatures on this petition. We also have a flyer here that you can distribute to interested people. It asks them to contact the Mayor and their City Councilperson. Remember to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to turn in finished petitions.
2. The next two Thursdays are very important. This Thursday, the 19th, we want to turn people out for the Mayor’s budget address to protest his regressive tax policies and budget cuts. Thursday the 26th, we will be meeting with city council to lobby for essential services. There will be a training that morning at DC47, at 16th and Walnut, and then we’ll head over to city hall. If you can make either event, email Mike Nance at email@example.com.
3. Call the mayor and city council! Also remember to call the at-large council members. Phone numbers are on the flyer.