COALITION FOR ESSENTIAL SERVICES MEDIA ALERT: 5-21-09.
In his March budget address, the Mayor promised to deliver a “Peoples’ Budget.” Instead, he is giving us a “Rich People’s Budget” in which working people pay more and get less. With the Mayor’s sales tax increase, poor taxpayers pay nine times more than the wealthiest Philadelphians.
Contrary to the statements put out by City Hall, the proposed budget includes major cuts to many essential services. CES representatives will speak on how cuts to pools, libraries, summer camps, health centers, youth education and violence prevention programs will hurt our most vulnerable neighborhoods.
If the state does not approve the sales tax, even more services will face the axe, and poor people in Philadelphia will face an even heavier burden.
The Coalition For Essential Services is composed of over 30 community-based advocacy organizations and labor unions in Philadelphia including the Coalition To Save the Libraries, Asian Americans United, AFSCME District Council 47, Fire Fighters Union Local 22, and the Vote for Homes! Coalition.