On Monday, June 9, hundreds of protesters will gather outside the Union League building at Broad and Samson at 4PM. Governor Tom Corbett is expected to arrive at the private fundraiser at 6pm. The fundraiser was organized with Chris Christie and the Republican Governor’s association, and according to press release issued by PCAPS (Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools):
Corbett has once again introduced a budget proposal that fails to properly fund vital state services. After proposing a budget with only small increases to education funding – and no increase in the basic education budget – revenue shortfalls due to Corbett’s tax cuts mean Harrisburg is currently considering across the board cuts. Current revenue projections show a more than $1 billion budget shortfall by next year, and the governor is reportedly looking to cut $1.2 billion from his proposed budget. Since taking office, Corbett has signed legislation cutting taxes on businesses by about $1.2 billion.
This will be the second demonstration against Corbett and Christie in a week. On Friday, June 6, Corbett and Christie were met with protesters as they went to Primanti Brothers to gobble down a sandwich loaded with french fries. According to the PGH City Paper:
The Protesters arrived shortly after 3 p.m. and lined up across the street from Primanti Brothers’ Strip District location on 18th Street. They attempted to greet the governor as he exited his vehicle, but Corbett was whisked in the back door. The protesters, who were also Tom Wolf supporters, then blocked the entrance to the front door of the restaurant
We will be at Monday’s event, and you can follow me on twitter at @RCPress_Sean.