Pa. Dems want your $4 to pass ‘the most progressive budget in years’

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    Just observing and passing this one along, since it’s so quirky.

    In an email blast earlier this week, officials at the Pennsylvania Democratic Party sent out the pretty standard ask exhorting donors to dig into their pockets to help pass the $34.1 billion budget plan that Gov. Tom Wolf rolled out to a joint session of the state House and Senate.

    “It’s said you should “put your money where your values are.” That’s exactly what Democrats’ new budget proposal does,” the email reads. “If passed, our plan raises the minimum wage and invests more than ever in teachers, schools, and job training. We need your support to do it though.”

    Now here’s the quirky part.

    The email asks donors to kick in a mere $4 to “help pass the most progressive budget in years.” Seems humble enough. It’s too “I drive a blue Jeep to work” for words.

    But …

    Clicking through brings them to the usual ActBlue donation page where, of course, donors can donate waaaay more than $4 to help get Wolf’s budget over the finish line.

    We’ll look forward to the inevitable television commercials and direct-mail pieces that $4 (and way more) will help underwrite.

    Yep, it’s budget season.

    An award-winning political journalist with more than 25 years' experience in the news business, John L. Micek is The Pennsylvania Capital-Star's Editor-in-Chief. Before joining The Capital-Star, Micek spent six years as Opinion Editor at PennLive/The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa., where he helped shape and lead a multiple-award-winning Opinion section for one of Pennsylvania's most-visited news websites. Prior to that, he spent 13 years covering Pennsylvania government and politics for The Morning Call of Allentown, Pa. His career has also included stints covering Congress, Chicago City Hall and more municipal meetings than he could ever count, Micek contributes regular analysis and commentary to a host of broadcast outlets, including CTV-News in Canada and talkRadio in London, U.K., as well as "Face the State" on CBS-21 in Harrisburg, Pa.; "Pennsylvania Newsmakers" on WGAL-8 in Lancaster, Pa., and the Pennsylvania Cable Network. His weekly column on American politics is syndicated nationwide to more than 800 newspapers by Cagle Syndicate.


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