A bouquet of flowers was delivered to Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett's office in downtown Pittsburgh today -- but this gift wasn't accepted with open arms.
Although Mr. Corbett was not in town, only one member of the organization Working America was allowed entrance into the governor's office. In her hands, Julie Parker, 42, of Bloomfield, carried about 70 handmade colorful flowers containing written notes from members of the community.
"The governor should not only be hearing from special interest groups and lobbyists," Ms. Parker said. "He should hear the messages of the people, which is what we came here to do."
Ms. Parker was one of about a dozen gathered outside Corbett's office at 12:30 p.m. today collecting messages from passersby detailing the struggles of Pennsylvania residents to afford education and healthcare.
Three people also spoke through a megaphone about their demands that Mr. Corbett put forth a state budget that supports education, social services, healthcare and corporate accountability.
Catherine Balsamo, a coordinator for Working America, said the group's goal is to make sure that "instead of balancing the budget on the backs of state workers," the state legislature requires corporations to pay a fair share of taxes to add revenue to education and social services.
"We want to put our vision for a better budget out there to the community, and by the way the community responded, I think we succeeded," Ms. Balsamo said.
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