The Update: What’s Important in Harrisburg and DC – May 5, 2023



Last week featured the PBPC Budget Summit, our first in-person summit since the COVID-19 pandemic and our first-ever hybrid event. We’re uploading PPTs and videos from the Summit to this resource page. Check out the sessions you missed—we had some great presentations.

As always, thank you for supporting our work—and for your support of the Budget Summit!

Stephen Herzenberg

Executive Director


May 1st Rally at the Capitol

We The People-PA joined Make the Road-PA and many other allies for May 1st rally in the Capitol! Advocates championed a $15/hr minimum wage, ending the wage preemption rule, driver’s licenses for all, fully funding our public schools, and permanently funding the Whole-Home Repairs program! Workers and activists from across the state stood together in solidarity on this historic day, demanding common sense policies for all Pennsylvanians.


In the Media

Party affiliation can be misleading in some local Pa. elections

Elections Spotlight PA–TribLive, 5/4/23


Inside this year’s fight over Pa. school board seats and what happens in the classroom

Bucks County Courier Times, 5/2/23


Rally at Capitol calls on legislators ahead of budget negotiations

Fox43, 5/1/23


EDITORIAL: Reexamine personal income tax

Yahoo News, 4/30/23


Republican senator cosigns $15 minimum wage

Broad & Liberty, 4/27/23


Green locomotives’ are job creators for Pennsylvania, report finds

Pennsylvania Business Report, 4/27/23


Get involved, and join us!

Join POWER’s Bishop Dwayne Royster alongside We The People-PA, SEIU, Community Legal Services, Make the Road-PA, ROC United and other advocates on May 9th at 10:30 a.m. for a rally to end local preemption and raise the minimum wage! For too long, corporate greed has stifled a $15-per-hour minimum wage. Even worse, state laws have prevented Philadelphia from setting its own minimum wage, even when the cost of living is much higher than in other places. It’s time we make our voices heard and fight for a fair wage!