Governor Tom Corbett stood his ground and held the line as he peeled off the wrapping to his first budget.
His $27.3 billion dollar path out of Pennsylvania’s financial distress includes draconian cuts to almost every nook and cranny.
The elimination of 1500 state jobs, 500 alone will come out of state hospitals. Unplugging 103 programs, and the consolidation of 150 programs. The State Department of Public Welfare will sustain the greatest loss.
Corbett wants a pay wage freeze for all state workers, and called on school boards throughout the commonwealth to follow suit. All in all Corbett wants to squeeze $2 billion out of education returning the bottom line to what was spent in 2008. This also mean slashing funding for about half of Pennsylvania’s universities.
Corbett suggested increasing spending on prisons by almost $200 million; pour an additional 3.4 percent into the state police, and holding on to funding for Film Production Tax Credits”I’m proposing something we haven’t had in a long time: a reality-based budget,” Corbett said. “To the people of Pennsylvania, the taxpayers who sent us here, I want to say something you haven’t heard often enough from this building: We get the picture. It’s your money.”
The legislature must approve the budget by July 1. The senate begins hold hearings in about a week.
Temple University President responds to Governor Corbett’s proposed educational cuts, for more on that click on Rock The Capital.)
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