Almost two hundred people gathered in the rain on short notice to express outrage at Corbett and his allies in the legislature scuttling the cigarette tax, a move that will mean massive lay offs, spiralling class size and may mean schools will not be able to open.
Speakers noted that even with the cigarette tax, which represents no new state money, our schools remain unable to deliver a quality education. More revenue including a severance tax on Marcellus shale, closing corporate loopholes, freezing the phase out of business taxes and Medicaid expansion, is what’s needed.
The defeat of Corbett in November and building strong alliances for progressive funding was another focus of the rally.
A flash dance performance by the members of Youth United For Change electrified the crowd. Another high point was the arrival of a large contingent of UNITE Here members and supporters who marched from a picket line at the Radison Hotel against contracting out the jobs of union workers to join up the schools action. This is the kind of solidarity we need in this city.