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Health Policy Symposium Temple University School of Medicine Saturday April 28, 2012 Tighten Your Belt or Lose Your Pants— Advocacy in a No New Taxes Era.

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1 Health Policy Symposium Temple University School of Medicine Saturday April 28, 2012 Tighten Your Belt or Lose Your Pants— Advocacy in a No New Taxes Era John Nikoloff, ERG Partners

2 LOBBYING WEBSTER'S 1964 – “Lobbying is generally considered a sinister activity involving influence peddlers, five percenters or anonymous persons offering gifts for legislative favors.” LOBBYING -- "Lobbying" is defined to be any personal solicitation of a member of a legislative body by private interview, or letter or message, or other means and appliances, to favor or oppose or to vote for or against any bill, resolution, report or claim pending.

3 There is extensive evidence that lobbying is quite possibly the OLDEST profession

4 PA POLITICS 2012 Washington Standoff Pennsylvania – Red or Blue State? Democratic Presidential Vote Split US Senators; Congress now 12-7 GOP Political Realities – Since 2006, CHANGE – Republican Governor – Republican House (110-91) – Republican Senate (30-20) – Leaders no longer from Philadelphia/Southeast PA

5 HOUSE/SENATE LEADERSHIP Senate R’s: Scarnati/Pileggi/Corman Senate D’s: Costa/Hughes Speaker: Smith House R’s: Turzai/Saylor/Adolph House D’s: Dermody/Hanna/Markosek

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7 Now What? Governor Corbett: “I will oppose all new tax increases…that includes fees and other levies.” House Majority Leader Mike Turzai: “There will be no tax increases, no new borrowing.” Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi: “We will hold the line on new taxes.”

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9 FEDERAL FUNDS TO PENNSYLVANIA

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13 SIX BASIC PRINCIPLES 1. You must thoroughly understand the process -- both the written and unwritten rules of the game. 2. You must know the key officials and understand how they vote and why. 3. You must know how to accurately count your votes and even more importantly, how to deliver them.

14 Six Basic Principles 4. You must avoid to the extent possible playing partisan politics. 5. You must be willing to financially involve yourselves in the campaigns of those officials 6. You must be willing to devote the time and resources to sustain an effective legislative program. Always – always say THANK YOU!!

15 PA – ACP ADVOCACY Health and Public Policy Committee Lobbying in Harrisburg Key Contact Network Grass Roots Advocacy VoterVoice and Alerts


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