Last night, the leaders of Pennsylvania’s government unions blocked paycheck protection bill SB 166—which would end the unethical practice of using taxpayer resources to collect and distribute political campaign contributions. The House voted down the bill 90-102.
While this outcome is disappointing, here's why you should be encouraged.
First, this was the first time the House ever voted on a paycheck protection bill. Legislation has not only passed the Senate (twice) but House leaders are championing the reform.
Second, government union leaders currently employ 82 lobbyists to fight for their unethical and immoral privileges. But despite these long odds, you’ve helped us put these union leaders on defense.
Third, we will continue fighting to level the political playing field. Using public resources for political activity is unfair and unethical.
Last, in spite of the pressure of government unions that bring in hundreds of millions of dollars off forced union dues, in spite of the 82 lobbyists in the Capitol pressuring them to say no, 90 members—just 12 short of passage—stood up for you and said YES. That's not easy, and we appreciate it. Thank you!
If your representative is listed below, please click here or on their name below to send a note of thanks.
House of Representatives, Yes Votes
And below is a list of the 102 members that said government unions—and ONLY government unions—should be able to use your taxpayer resources to collect campaign contributions. If your representative is listed below, consider asking why he or she believes that to be fair.
House of Representatives, No Votes
Thank you for getting paycheck protection this far and for continuing to fight with us. I wouldn't be so encouraged if it wasn't for you—and we wouldn't be nearly so far in this process if you weren't involved.
Charles F. Mitchell
President & CEO