State Budget

2017-’18 State Budget Priorities

The CLEAR Coalition’s member organizations — and the 1.1 million Pennsylvanians they represent — are urging lawmakers to support Governor Wolf’s proposals for a fair, balanced state budget that funds our schools and vital services; protects good-paying jobs for middle-class families; and fixes our tax code to make sure all corporations and Marcellus Shale drillers pay their fair share.

Lawmakers need to work with Governor Wolf to continue restoring devastating budget cuts to our schools and fund public education by increasing the state’s share of costs while reducing property taxes for Pennsylvanians. It’s time to give property owners a break, especially seniors on fixed incomes. 

CLEAR’s members will be meeting with lawmakers across the state in the coming weeks urging them to come together and support Gov. Wolf’s vision for our Commonwealth.

We have developed a Budget Tool Kit for Pennsylvanians who want to tell their lawmakers to support the governor’s proposals. This Tool Kit is easy to use and includes CLEAR’s budget priorities, sample letters to lawmakers, and contact information for every lawmaker.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact us at

  • CLICK HERE for a Summary of the CLEAR Coalition’s 2017-18 Priorities.
  • CLICK HERE for information on contacting your state lawmakers.

Sample Letters to lawmakers:
The CLEAR Coalition has drafted two SAMPLE letters for guidance. It is important to make sure that you use your own words and you share your own, specific concerns.

Sample #1

Dear Senator ________,

My name is _____ and I have lived in ______ for many years now. I am writing to urge you to support Governor Tom Wolf’s proposals to fix our state budget mess and fund our public schools, colleges and important state services. The schools in our district have been forced to cut programs and layoff teachers, counselors and tutors. Too many classrooms are overcrowded because of state budget cuts.

We need to make sure that the state is paying its fair share for our schools and we need to reduce property taxes at the same time. I am urging you to put middle class families first by supporting measures to close corporate loopholes and make sure that the shale drillers pay their fair share.

I also support raising the minimum wage, which will increase wages for all working families.

It is time for all lawmakers to work together with the governor to address our budget problems.

Sample #2

Dear Representative _______,

As a parent of ___ students in the _____ school district, I am writing to urge you to support Governor Tom Wolf’s efforts to restore funding to our public schools. In the last two years, some progress has been made to make sure our schools are funded appropriately.

But more work needs to be done because my children are in classrooms that are more crowded now than ever before.  And, the district has cut or reduced important programs such as ____ and _____.

We are concerned that the quality of their education will continue to suffer unless these cuts are restored. Without a quality education, my children will be at a disadvantage when they try to find a job or apply to the colleges of their choice.

I urge you to work with your colleagues and the governor to close corporate loopholes and force the shale drillers to pay their fair share so that we can fund schools and other state services.