Philadelphia Nonprofits Anxiously Await Corbett Budget

March 8, 2011


Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett will take the wraps off of his first state budget on Tuesday, which he has vowed would not raise taxes. The state faces a projected $4 billion budget shortfall.

The Urban Affairs Coalition is among those anxiously awaiting the release of the budget, which could threaten Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter's own budget proposal, which so far contains no new taxes, maintains services and makes $34 million in new investments.

UAC will be holding a rally at 12th and Chestnut at 10:45 a.m. and handing out flyers to the public in support of education and health services funding.

"These are hard times for all our citizens," UAC President Sharmain Matlock-Turner said in a released statement. "Adequate funding for nonprofits will ensure that youth stay out of trouble, people get job training, families avoid foreclosures, and small businesses can hire people. We want to send the message to Harrisburg that we want jobs not jails, programs not prisons, to educate not incarcerate."

UAC program partners will view the budget live with community members at their office at 1207 Chestnut St. Budget Watch viewings are also being held at: One Day At A Time (2426 W. Lehigh Ave.); Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance (1616 Walnut St.); Turning Points for Children (415 S. 15th St.), and West Oak Lane Senior Center (7210 Ogontz Ave.).

PCN will begin budget coverage at 10:30 a.m. and stream Corbett's 11:30 a.m. budget address before the General Assembly live on the Internet at Push the live signal button underneath the video window to watch.



Athena Merritt
Philadelphia Business Journal