HARRISBURG, September 8, 2022 — With growing momentum sweeping across the United States to rein in the power of dominant corporations, Fight Corporate Monopolies today launched a new coalition of state and local leaders leading the charge, which features state Sen. Katie Muth (D-Montgomery/Chester/Berks).
“I am excited to join such a dynamic group of legislators from across the country to stand up for American families and to fight back against corporate greed and economic injustice,” Muth said. “Pennsylvania provides billions of dollars in subsidies and tax breaks to the fossil fuel industry and corporate giants who utilize tax avoidance loopholes – and year after year, our state budget prioritizes corporate profit over people. This task force is saying that enough is enough – it is time that we fight back against corruption, fight back against corporate greed, and start legislating protections for working families, workers, consumers, and our small businesses.”
This session, Senator Muth has introduced various bills that would protect Pennsylvanians from consolidated corporate power, including recent legislation to enhance transparency in hospital acquisitions and provide consumers with price transparency for any medical services provided. Muth is also the prime sponsor of legislation that would address price fixing and protect small businesses and consumers. Senator Muth also serves as a trustee on the Pennsylvania Public School Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS) where she has consistently fought to protect teachers and taxpayers from harmful private equity investments and for increased transparency in investments.
“The movement to dismantle the power of corporate monopolies is being led at the state level. The task force provides a real time check on the same corporations that are price gouging working people, profiteering while workers suffer, and making backdoor deals on taxpayers’ dime,” said Helen Brosnan, Executive Director of Fight Corporate Monopolies. “Their efforts reflect constituents’ concerns about the control and power corporations have over our economy and democracy. We’re proud to work with a coalition of legislative champions who are taking on bold policy fights to challenge corruption and corporate power at the root. We hope other state and local leaders continue to join their efforts.”
Members of the task force currently include Delaware Rep. John Kowalko, Illinois Sen. Robert Peters, Pennsylvania Reps. Sara Innamorato and Nick Pisciottano, Pennsylvania Sen. Katie Muth, New York Deputy Senate Majority Leader Michael Gianaris, and New York Assembly members Emily Gallagher and Anna Kelles. Additional members will be added over time.
“State governments have a long history of challenging corporations in order to protect their states’ workers, local businesses, and communities from the harms of consolidated economic power, and those efforts are continuing todays thanks to these great champions,” said Pat Garofalo, Director of State and Local Policy at Fight Corporate Monopolies. “The members of this task force have proven they’re willing to take on the toughest fights against the country’s largest corporations. They’re providing an example that elected leaders all across the country can and should follow.”
Learn more about the task force here.
# # #