Governor Tom Corbett delivered his 2012-13 budget address to a joint session of the state Legislature today. We are still working on our budget analysis at the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center. Check our web site later Tuesday evening.
In the meantime, check out Sharon Ward’s op-ed below on the Governor’s budget originally published in the Allentown Morning Call.
Gov. Corbett’s budget moves state in wrong direction
By Sharon Ward
Too often in this economy we dwell on the bad news, but Pennsylvania has good news to tell, as well.
Our citizens enjoy a level of personal income that is higher than citizens in most states, and we have maintained lower unemployment rates throughout the recession. We have higher rates of health care coverage than many states. And when it comes to spending and taxes, our state experience is one of restraint.
Much of our success is because of Pennsylvania’s long-term commitment over the last decade to preparing our young people for the changing economy, spurring private investment in cities and towns and becoming a national leader in clean energy. We have done so, while not forgetting our grandparents, our children, and those who are most vulnerable.
Gov. Tom Corbett’s policies are moving in the opposite direction.
Last year the governor declared war on Pennsylvania colleges and universities, and the new budget continues that battle with additional cuts. Silicon Valley in California and the Research Triangle in North Carolina are centers of innovation spun from public universities. The new Pennsylvania budget will cut off that innovation while driving up college tuition when many families can least afford it.
In his first year, Gov. Corbett made deep cuts to public schools that hit the poorest school districts the hardest. The results are felt across the commonwealth.
Read the full op-ed at the Morning Call’s web site.