So What CAN We Do?

A lot of people have asked, both online and in person, what we can do about the impasse.  As more and more people — excluding, apparently, most of our legislators — are beginning to realize that this doesn’t just affect state employees, the outrage is building.  I’ve mentioned a lot of suggestions before, but they bear repeating.

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Businesses & the PA Budget Impasse

Are you (or do you know of) a business that’s offering any special deals or programs to Pennsylvania employees because of the budget impasse?  Post a comment under this article, or use the contact link above, and I’ll add you to this list.  Whether you’re a bank offering zero-interest paycheck loans, a bar or restaurant offering drink or food specials, or a supermarket offering impasse specials, let us know!  Read on for the list…

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PA Budget Impasse: Ten Things

Note:  This is part of a series of posts detailing the 2009 Pennsylvania budget impasse.  To see all posts in this series, click here.

With no budget in place as of 5:30 this evening, it’s looking less and less likely that one will be passed in time to avoid paycheck interruption.  Put simply, we’re about to go over the edge.  If it’s any comfort, remember that there are 70,000 of us all the same boat.  You are not alone.

I wanted to make this post because there is a tremendous amount of bad information floating around out there about what employees should and should not do when the paychecks stop.  Just remember that I am not a lawyer, and this is not legal advice.  This is merely my opinion.  What you ultimately choose to do or not do is entirely up to you.  I take no responsibility for your actions.

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Chuck Ardo is Wrong

Note:  This is part of a series of posts detailing the 2009 Pennsylvania budget impasse.  To see all posts in this series, click here.

There was a very enlightening story in today’s Patriot-News.  In it, Rendell spokesman Chuck Ardo is quoted as saying:

“The Pennsylvania Constitution outranks federal law, and that constitution bars us from spending any money without an enacted budget”

This is 100% completely and totally wrong.  As I have pointed out time and time and time again, the Court did not say that the Pennsylvania Constitution outranks federal law.  Don’t take my word for it — read the Court’s decision for yourself.  The Court very clearly said that because no conflict exists between the FLSA and the Pennsylvania Constitution, the answer to the question “Does the FLSA overrule the Constitution” is “no”.  To infer, then, that “because the FLSA does not overrule the constitution, the constitution must overrule the FLSA” is a logical fallacy.  One does not imply the other; non sequitur is in full effect here.

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