Pennsylvania could be a very different place in 2023 if Democrats win across the state this November 8. Struggling public schools would begin to acquire more money from the state. If fracking and drilling for gas and oil are not halted, they will at least be better regulated, and taxed as well. And legislation targeting the straw purchase of firearms and the sale of ghost guns will also go to the governor to sign.
Possibly the biggest change would be the liberation of the minimum wage from the federal standard of $7.25/hour – something that each of Pennsylvania’s neighboring states have already done.
And if Republicans win?
The best-case scenario under Republican leadership would be no changes in school funding. The worst case – the more likely case – will be less money to public schools, and more money to private religious schools with no strings attached. The minimum wage would remain at $7.25/hour, while Texas drilling companies will increase the amount of oil and gas from our Marcellus Shale counties, creating environmental hazards along the way – all, free of charge, courtesy of the GOP of Pennsylvania. Loosening environment and firearm regulations will no doubt ensue.
If the Republicans do win, we can expect Pennsylvania to be the most extreme anti-abortion states in the nation. We would also expect to see more school districts banning classic literature that have been a part of our cultural DNA for as long as we have had public education in this country. So, can it get any worse?
Well, actually it can. An email from a few weeks ago mentioned the implications of the Supreme Court judgement of Moore v. Harper, a case currently on its docket. If the Court’s past decisions are any predictor of the future, there is a very strong probability that the Supreme Court will allow the Pennsylvania General Assembly to gerrymander all state and congressional districts next year, and choose which electors will vote for a new president in 2024, regardless of who wins the election by the popular vote in the state.
Sitting this November’s election out is therefore a Faustian decision, condemning us the eternal damnation of a dystopian future that would be almost impossible to reverse in two, four, or even ten years.
Pennsylvania can be such a wonderful place for people of all ages, genders, races, religions, and ethnicities. There is a lot at stake, and it’s up to all of us to get the word out on the importance of this election. Below are some of the ways that you can participate.
THINGS TO DO
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