Education, Health Care Cuts Expected In Corbett’s Budget Proposal

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Speculation is swirling around what Governor Tom Corbett will say when he announces this year’s state budget.

A projected $3.4 billion deficit has the governor taking aim at some big budget cuts.

Since he pledged not to raise taxes, the governor is expected to slash spending dramatically.

Harrisburg insiders think education spending, health and medical assistance to the poor could be especially affected.

Both of these areas were helped with federal stimulus funding which dries up this year.

“I don’t think there’s an easy way out of this,” Duquesne University professor Joseph Mistick said. “The question becomes this, ‘Can you solve this just by slashing budgets in every department?’”

Local officials also worry that if Harrisburg cuts assistance to them, they will have to either drop programs or raise local taxes.

  • Noname please

    Local officials need to learn how to “man up” and stop depending on the state and federal gov to bail them out. EVERYONE is broke. More power to gov. Corbett, slash every program across the board. What has extra spending in education gotten us? Oh, that’s right, a horrible public education system and cushy union jobs.

    • Matt

      Have you ever considered that we have a horrible education system because they don’t put enough money into it in the first place? We are falling so far behind in education that this is the last place I would cut. I’m qualified to say this because I teach engineering at a university and see what type of education the students have previously received. However, I do think that the education money could be used better.

      • Thomas J Duttine

        I don’t believe it’s the amount of money…a lot of students don’t want to learn. And the ones that DO don’t have a chance because of “political correctness” and Bleeding Hearts……

    • Matthias

      The problem with our educational system is not the teachers. It is not the amount of money that is put into the system.

      The problem is the parents of the students who are under performing.

      The students who cannot pass a test to save their lives and are flunking out or bumped ahead are students who are children of parents who don’t give a damn.

      Also, when a child is raised by only his mother (and my hat is off to those women), it is much more difficult for that parent. Father figures are important in a child’s life.

      The breaking down of traditional families cannot help, but only hinder.

    • Matthias

      Those “cushy union jobs” are one of the last bastions of the middle class, which constinues to shrink at an alarming level.

      Robert Reich has written about this. Here is a link to some of his material.

      But the kool-aid drinkers keep swallowing.

  • John Christian

    Way to man-up, “Noname.”

  • Scott

    For all of you “sphincters”, if you didn’t go to public school you may have to look this up in a dictionary, out there that think a public education is horrible I pity you for not using your own brain and being sucked into the rhetoric that our “so called leaders” spew from their mouths. Please allow me to make a few points.
    First, I am a public school teacher. The majority of students that transfer to our school from; high end private schools, parochial schools, home schooled kids, to cyber schools, are far behind the academic level of our students. Their social skills are terrible and most of them have a difficult time adjusting to the “big bad world”. What politicians and the people that “report” the news “fail” (heavy sarcasm) to let the public know is that public school students are tested to see what their achievement level is. All of the students that were mentioned earlier are not tested, so how can someone say that our public schools are horrible when they are not measured against other forms of education correctly.

    Which leads me to my final point. Our public school are required to educate everyone, from the lowest learning level to the highest (which is fine). But then we get “compared” to the rest of the world, which does not educate everyone in their population. In Germany, They separate their student body into the academic track and the labor “blue collar” track — in eighth grade. I would be shocked if China or Japan educate 100% of their population.

    So, when our public schools are being compared to the rest of the world and you are being told that we are so far behind please compare apples to apples. If you want to compare us to countries that only prepare the top 20% of their students for college, please use our top 20% and I think you might be surprised at where we stand.

    Something else to think about, if our education is so bad, “Why do so many foreign students come to the United States for college? The people teaching are students from these so called “horrible” public schools.

    If you got this far, I would like to thank for reading my rant.

    • Debbie

      Foreign students come the the US for college because it is free.

      • Ann

        It’s free to them in their own country. If you are a citizen in Germany, Hungary, just to name a couple, you do not have to pay for a college education up to receiving a Bachelors or Masters depending on your grade average and the university’s status. So coming here doesn’t have anything to do with cost unless they received a scholarship

  • Kate

    @Scott … you are a public school teacher. Good for you! Your second to last paragraph states “The people teaching are students …” Well, “our” PAROCHIAL school 3rd grader even knows better. Have a wonderful day!

  • Noname please

    Mr “Scott says” private and catholic school most certainly DO academic testing of their student EVERY year! The standards are very high and I can assure you they also have a higher rate of college acceptance. Check your facts and do your own research before making such statements. I certainly hope that is not how you run your classroom. I know public school teachers and they agree with me. WAKE UP!

    • Kate

      To Noname please’s point … the academic tests in parochial schools are called Terra Novas. One thing that the parochial schools don’t do that the public schools do for their PSSA’s is “teach to the test”. Example, rather than cram science down a child’s throat because that is what the PSSA’s are testing on that particular year, parochial schools teach a balance and don’t base their cirriculum on one subject to try to enhance their score in that particular subject. I’ve had children in both parochial and public schools, so I am well aware of the practice of “teaching to the test” and the disadvantages it has to the student in their other core subjects.

  • One small voice

    We all know that there is plenty of FAT to cut from the budgets, Rendell’s spending spree has been wastefull and has created unnecessary program and jobs that do very little to support their costs. Sorry but the time has come to make some hard choices, do we really need these hundred’s of agencies. It;s time to pay the piper.

  • Ihaveaname

    It figures that the “public teacher” is the only comment that has name calling in it. Go figure!

  • Dave

    Wrongly or not, Tom Corbett will probably be public enemy #1 in the eyes of our media by the end of the day today. We elected him to do this and I hope he follows through. I remember hearing someone say before the election, if Tom Corbett follows through and does his job correctly, the chances of his re-election will be low. Rendell kicked the can down the road for too many years, and now we’re paying the price. I hope Corbett has the guts to sacrifice his political future and make the cuts that Pennsylvania needs.

  • Noname please

    Well stated

  • Thomas J Duttine

    How about cutting LESS from education and MUCH MUCH more from Welfare and Medicaid????

    • Matthias

      How about holding parents accountable for their children’s educational endeavors and lifestyles?

      As for welfare, you would be surprised how LESS that spending is compared to other “behemoth” government spending programs.

      The problem lies in socio-economics, and there are no easy answers.

  • K Terwilliger

    I am a teacher in the public education system, if you think the job is so cushy, what is stopping you from getting your degree and becoming a “teacher”. Guess I better not use that dirty word-teacher! The next thing will be to blame the public education teacher for the oil crisis-maybe we use to much copier toner? Stop trying to make education solve all the problems the family should be solving.

  • Joan

    Has any of you politicians who are proposing tax cuts in education ever worked in the inner city as a teacher. I can maybe understand the suburban schools where the money runs freely, but the inner schools are suffering severely. Talk about a set back in trying to better opportunites for our children. You take a cut in pay in how you live. Spend some time as a regular person in the street and see how hard it is. You don’t have a clue. The Declaration of Independence says “FOR THE PEOPLE”. Or, did you forget that line.

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