Here are the highlights from news conferences, rallies, and advocacy days held in the Capitol today.
- Salvation Army officers from around the state were joined by supporters, legislators, cabinet members, and the Lieutenant Governor to celebrate the contributions of the Salvation Army of Pennsylvania.
- Nursing home caregivers and administrators held a rally in the Main Rotunda for increased Medicaid funding. The advocates asked lawmakers to make the care of the state’s sickest and frailest citizens a priority in the state budget.
- The Pennsylvania Dental Hygienists’ Association (PDHA) rallied in the Main Rotunda to call for regular access to care for dentally underserved populations. Members of the association said there is much more dental hygienists can do to serve children and elderly if they were recognized as providers under the Medical Assistance program.
- Sen. Pat Browne (R-Lehigh) and Rep. Phyllis Mundy (D-Luzerne) held a media event this morning to call for greater funding for “Pre-K Counts." “We ask you to be diligent over the next several months during the budget process,” said Sen. Browne, co-chair of the Early Childhood Education Caucus. “What we want to do at a minimum is to ensure that the money that was proposed by the governor in the February budget is preserved as a part of the final document.”
- The Pennsylvania Families for Public Cyber Schools held their 8th annual Day on the Hill Rally. Thousands of charter and cyber charter students, parents, and educators called on lawmakers and urged them to support charter and cyber charter schools.