In 2014, Pennsylvanian's governor, the entire House of Representatives and half of the state's senators will be up for re-election. Much rides on the outcome of the next elections. As a union, we must elect candidates who support adequate, equitable and sustainable state funding for schools, colleges and universities and state programs. Click MORE below to register to vote in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey and view the 2014 election deadlines and dates.
Gov. Corbett has made "pension reform" a top priority for his administration. Both the governor and some legislators have proposed replacing "defined-benefit" pensions with risky, 401(k)-style, "defined-contribution," retirement accounts. Know the facts about school and state employee pensions. Click MORE to read and download AFTPA Pension Talking Points. Then contact your state legislators and write letters to the editors of local newspapers to protect our pensions.
Corporate tax cuts, credits and loopholes are making it impossible for Pennsylvania to pay for education, healthcare and other vital services. During the Corbett administration's mid-year budget analysis on Dec. 18, the budget secretary hinted that once again, broad-based corporate taxes aren't likely to be on the table to ease the state's budget crunch. Learn more about the state's budget projections and why AFTPA support ending corporate tax giveaways.