State Budget Gives Our Schools Lemons

Media Contact: Kyndall Mason
Phone: 503.927.0225

Community leaders and One Pittsburgh sell $10,000 lemonade to raise desperately needed funds for the Pittsburgh Public School system.

July 5, 2011 – Pittsburgh, PA On Saturday, July 9, residents of Pittsburgh’s Northside are setting up a lemonade stand to raise money for the Pittsburgh Public School system. Cups of lemonade will go for $10,000 and cookies at $5,000 apiece. Organizers say they have to sell lemonade at these prices to make up for the shortfall in the Pittsburgh Public School’s budget. On the heels of the school board’s difficult decision to cut 217 jobs, parents, community leaders and One Pittsburgh are standing up together to be heard.

Michelle Messenger, a frustrated Northside parent, sounds off: “It’s not right that corporations get tax breaks and loopholes while we are forced to close schools and lay off teachers.”

The Pennsylvania budget signed June 30 by Gov. Tom Corbett cuts major education programs by $863 million. This is a direct result of political leaders’ failure to fairly tax corporations and the wealthy at both the state and Federal levels. Over the last three years, GE, Yahoo, ExxonMobil, Verizon and IBM have all managed to avoid paying a combined total of $32.6 billion in federal income taxes due to loopholes and tax breaks.

Pittsburgh Public Schools’ share of the money from just these five corporations would be enough to put 201 teachers back to work. If all corporations and the wealthy paid their fair share of taxes, we wouldn’t have to have bake sales and lemonade stands to raise money for our children’s education.

What: Lemons to Lemonade stand
When: Saturday, July 9, 11am
Where: Allegheny West Commons Park, Across from Allegheny General Hospital
Visual: Citizens will be passing out informational fliers and lemonade while urging folks to voice their stories at the upcoming’s Listening Tour.


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