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On May 18, 2021, Pennsylvanians will have the opportunity to vote to place limits on the governor’s emergency powers through a ballot initiative that will shorten the duration of emergency declarations from 90 to 21 days.
It will also reassert the General Assembly within the emergency declaration decision making process to ensure that Pennsylvanians have the final say. Their voices must be both heard and represented by their legislators concerning these decisions that have a lasting impact on our daily lives.
According to Allegheny Institute, “The coronavirus pandemic hammered Pennsylvania’s economy in 2020. With recently released state employer payroll data for December, the extent of the damage can clearly be seen. Thousands of Pennsylvanians lost jobs in nearly every sector, pushing employment to decade-ago levels.”
The pandemic was hard enough with small businesses suffering, school closures, and families separated from loved ones. This is the ticket to ensure that this never happens again. Voters concerns should be heard on a decision that impacts their daily lives.
Active Senior, Crawford County, PA
“I have not been able to leave my retirement community for an entire year. When family and friends come to see me, they have to be 13 feet apart. This makes me feel very lonely. I have had both the flu vaccine and both shots of the COVID-19 vaccine. I just want life to return to normal.”
Restaurateur, Lebanon County, PA
“Living and working with lasting uncertainty and ever-changing rules creates barriers, pushing restaurants one step closer to the permanent closure that many others have realized. What our hardworking staff wants most and deserves is to work in a safe, healthy environment and to be provided with some level of certainty. That they’ll be able to go into work to earn their living from week to week and know where their next pay check is coming from. These decisions should be made with consideration of the people rather than politics. During a moment of this magnitude, the General Assembly should have a say to ensure that the needs of their constituents are met.”
Parent, Cumberland County, PA
“A little over a year ago, I was forced to go from being a mom to being a teacher. In the process, I had to sacrifice our family culture. I now spend my days stressing over Zoom times, keeping track of multiple agendas, and engaging in heated discussions over confusing course material. We all tried to make the best of a bad situation, but now we are just burned out. This virtual world that’s been forced upon us has caused irreparable damage to our children, not only academically, but socially and emotionally.”
You can help make a difference, and it’s as easy as 1-2-3!
1. If you haven’t already taken our pledge to vote on May 18th, we invite you to take the pledge today!
2. Do you want to help spread the word about this important election to your friends and family? Check out our social media toolkit!
3. On May 18, Vote “YES” on ballot questions 1, 2 & 3!
Want to take a deeper dive and learn more about this important topic? Check out our other resources below.
AFP-PA Deputy State Director Grant Gulibon talks with House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff about the governor’s emergency powers.
AFP-PA Deputy State Director Grant Gulibon talks with Rep. Seth Grove about voters having a voice in the process.
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