The Update: What Matters in Harrisburg and D.C. – February 14, 2022


Don’t miss the “Power Couple” Labor and Environment press statement below highlighting the new federal infrastructure funding for electric vehicle charging stations. We are proud to have been a part of this great event in Allentown, showing how rebuilding our nation can help reduce global warming and create good union jobs.

Thank you for supporting our work,
The KRC Team

RELEASE – ‘Power Couple’: Labor and Environment Come Together on EV Infrastructure Opportunities in PA

Kirstin Snow | 02/11/2022 | Press Release

KRC/PBPC highlighted Biden’s announcement on >$25 million in electric vehicle funding for PA with Congresswoman Susan Wild, President of AFL-CIO, Conservation Groups

The Keystone Research Center, PA Budget and Policy Center, the 99% PA campaign, Congresswoman Susan Wild, PA AFL-CIO, Conservation Voters of PA, and others held a press conference outlining the federal funding, clean energy projects, and well-paying union jobs that are coming to Pennsylvania through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, as well as identifying opportunities for additional funding and jobs if our state and local governments embrace electric vehicle infrastructure and propose innovative plans to expand it. The press conference was held at IBEW Local 375 Training Center, 101 S. 7th St, Allentown, PA. Speakers elaborated on Biden’s new announcement of more than $25 million in EV infrastructure funds coming to Pennsylvania as part of the historic $5 billion bipartisan infrastructure law. Read more. Watch the video here.


The GOP Design

Marc Stier | 02/10/2022 | BlogThe common saying with which I started this piece has an antecedent written in the stately cadences of the 18th century. It is the Declaration of Independence and is borrowed from John Locke’s Second Treatise of government:

“But when a long train of abuses and usurpations…evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

The “design” of the Republicans in Harrisburg is obvious. They seek to make it harder for Democrats to vote and to ensure that the legislative and judicial elections are conducted in districts that guarantee Republican victories. Without judicial checks on their action, a Republican-dominated General Assembly will overwhelm a weakened governor. With absolute power, Republicans will ignore the demands of voters for government policies that provide opportunity and prosperity for all of us.

Read more.




Wolf wants to release $1.7 billion in federal money, including $225 million to small-business owners

Philadelphia Inquirer | 2/7/22

“’Pennsylvania should have a more robust rainy day fund, and this recent investment provides this funding,’ noted Diana Polson with the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, a think tank that endorsed the Wolf plan. ‘However, it is important to recognize that we are currently in the midst of a ‘rainy day.’ This … should be used to address our current crisis.’”

In Erie visit, Wolf touts ‘generational investment’ in education. Here’s what local schools would get

Erie Times-News | 2/1/22

“Susan Spicka, executive director of the Harrisburg-based Education Voters of Pennsylvania, also was in Erie on Wednesday to second Wolf’s call.
‘State lawmakers need to get on board with this budget and approve it without any cuts,’ Spicka said.”

Celebrating the Accomplishments of President Biden’s First Year

DemCast | 2/11/22

“In 2020, voters turned out in record numbers, elected President Joe Biden, and changed the trajectory of our country. From lifting children out of poverty and returning to in-person learning to growing the economy, we’ve come a long way. Let’s reflect on the progress that’s been made over Biden’s first year.”