Corbett Presents Budget With Steep Spending Cuts

HARRISBURG (KDKA) – Gov. Tom Corbett presented his first budget Tuesday morning since taking office.

With a multi-billion dollar budget deficit, he is proposing some very deep spending cuts.

Gov. Corbett was faced with the loss of over $2.7 billion in federal stimulus and economic recovery money.

There was also a shortage because of too many Pennsylvanians being out of work, not paying taxes and collecting benefits.

Gov. Corbett recommended a budget of $27.3 billion, which is three percent less than last year.

The proposed cuts to education include a 10 percent cut in basic education (K-12), which is a loss of $550 million across the state.

Gov. Corbett proposed a cut of 50 percent in state aid to the 14 state owned schools, which totals $625 million.

In addition, Gov. Corbett called for an end to state grants for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten.

He also said he would reduce state jobs by 1,500 positions, which would bring the total number of state jobs to just under 80,000.

Gov. Corbett said education can no longer be exempt from budget cuts and he called on teachers and administrators to take a one-year pay freeze.

“Education cannot be the only industry exempt from recession. Our public schools do important work and part of that work must include setting an example,” Gov. Corbett said.

“I’m calling on the employees of our public schools, administrators, teachers, support workers, everyone to hold the line. If it means a pay freeze, trust me you’ll have plenty of company out there to keep them warm.”

Rose and Paul with the KDKA Afternoon News on NewsRadio 1020 KDKA spoke with John Tarka from the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers about the proposed education cuts.

He says they will not support a wage freeze.

“We have a collective bargaining agreement in place and our people work hard for the money as many others do and we want that contract to be adhered to,” Tarka said.

He says the proposed school voucher program would hurt more children than it would help.

“When you take away funding from public schools and provide taxpayer dollars for tuition to private and parochial schools, which will still very much continue to have the ability to pick which students they want to choose, they’re going to leave children behind,” Tarka added.

Ted Kirsch, president of the Pennsylvania Federation of Teachers, also had harsh words for Corbett’s proposed cuts in a statement.

“Any budget is a statement of priorities—Gov. Corbett’s budget is a portrait of a bleak future for Pennsylvania. It is a picture in which our children are short-changed.”

PA Federation Of Teachers: Statement On Corbett’s Budget
Governor Tom Corbett


One Comment

  1. A.Bunker says:

    These budget cuts sound like a good start, but are only a fraction of what really needs to be done. Congratulations Governor and keep up the good work.

    1. ken ritter says:

      what about the ships? good work governer

      1. David says:

        Words can’t express how stupid and unintelligent you both sound. As a leader he would rather build jails then fund education. Brilliant

      2. Nick says:

        Fund education? In Indiana PA students are bussed for free from the Philadelphia area here and also attend for free at IUP. If that’s the kind of funding you’re talking about, then you are an idiot!

    2. Zoeyzotron says:

      FINALLY, a governor who will address the real problems!! GO CORBETT!!
      DAVID – He is not taking it from our children, he is taking it from a grossly bloated wage and benefits package that the teachers have. WELCOME TO THE RECESSION DAVID, the rest of us have been here for 3 years.

      1. Shoulda voted DEM says:

        Hey, you could’ve been a teacher too…of course you need a high school diploma to be one though.

      2. True Patriot says:

        Once public sector jobs lose collective bargaining rights, which brought all of us a 40 hour week, overtime pay, health insurance, and job safety regulations among so many other good things…benefits that union workers fought and died for, then ithey will be lost for private sector unions, police and firemen,(notice they are standing with the teachers in Wisconsin), then non union employees will also lose out…longer hours, reduced pay, pay freezes, loss of benefits and on and on. EVERYBODY LOSES!! If you are anti union, and work for a living, you may want to rethink your position. Also, by cutting funding to public schools, how do you think that money is going to be made up….INCREASED PROPERTY TAXES. Corbett may be a one term Governor.

    3. True Patriot says:

      But he made sure to give 833 million dollars in corporate tax breaks. This radical de-emphasizing of public education is another step backwards toward third world status… expect increased property taxes to offset the cuts to public school systems… State College tuitions should also become out of reach for many …and 41,000 working poor cut off from Adult Basic will have no health insurance…

      1. Bob says:

        …….”benefits that union workers fought and died for”. Give me a break. What a slap in the face to the U.S. military. Try making that case to all of the soldiers who have become casualties, injured, or a P.O.W. You have no idea with your warped sense of reality.

      2. Big Tom says:

        Union workers have fought and have died to further thier cause. Thats an undeniable fact, and should be common knowledge for anyone living in this area. If you disagre with that, do yourself a favor and do a google search. How does pointing out a fact like this diminish in any way the sacrifices made by our military? While you are at it, google “comparing apples and oranges”.

      3. runnergirl says:

        Hey Bob, have you ever heard of the Homestead Strike? It’s a pretty important part of our local history, so maybe you should get off of your military high horse and do a little research before making absurd comments that don’t really seem relevant to what people are even discussing here…

      4. True Patriot says:

        Bob, your lack of knowledge of the history of the American Labor Movement is revealing. If possible, find a book called Out of this Furnace, read it, and enlighten yourself about the sacrifices of the men who yes, fought and died, so that the American worker would have a voice in their wages, benefits, and working conditions. It is a very important component of the fabric of this area. Try thinking about working 12 hour days, 7 days a week with one Sunday off after working a double (24 hour ) shift… for an average of $1.65 A DAY!. I’m not saying we will return to those days, but you and every one who works for someone else will slowly see your pay, benefits, and working conditions slowly erode as long as this GOP war on working class people progresses. Also, what does this have to do with the sacrifices of our fallen servicemen and women?

    4. Realist says:

      It is funny that these govt officals never say, “Hey, I will lead by example and freeze my own pay and pay more for my benefits–or give up living in my gov. mansion that has a staff of 6 to take care of me.” *%^& off Corbet!!!!!

  2. JP says:

    I am glad Governor Corbett is standing up to the educators. You are no better than the rest of us and are not recession proof. Welcome to the real world!! Thank you Governor Corbett.

    1. I love my free private jet says:

      There was also a shortage because of too many Pennsylvanians being out of work, not paying taxes and collecting benefits.

      Then the the reTHUGlican said:

      He also said he would reduce state jobs by 1,500 positions, which would bring the total number of state jobs to just under 80,000.

      Did you notice that Corbett still permits the new Attorneyy General to keep the state owned PRIVATE AIRPLANE for the Attorney General?

      HA HA HA! Pennsylvanians got suckered!!

      1. Zoeyzotron says:

        I LOVE- You are a moron Mr. Union Man.

      2. Slick Eddy is GONE! says:

        Sounds like you should go back and take some “edjumacation” from the teachers you are defending. Maybe it is just that you “stuttttter” naturally.

        IE: “Then the the reTHUGlican said:….”

        The teachers in the schools are overpaid period!

    2. sad day says:

      JP – that’s right – you ARE as worthy as a teacher and you deserve a living wage, health care and a decent pension. We all do. We shouldn’t be cutting down the unions – we should get organized and get what they have.
      Here we are squabbling over the crumbs while the gas companies, banks and business interests make off with billions in corporate welfare through tax breaks.
      Divide and conquer – works every time…..

      1. Zoeyzotron says:

        SAD DAY- Where do you propose that the $$$ comes from??? That might be an intrigral part of your short sided plan. NO ONE should have a pension unless it is self sufficiant and NOT TAXPAYER FUNDED.

      2. Nick says:

        Right on the money Zoey

    3. True Patriot says:

      Laws for the liberal education of the youth, especially of the lower class of the people, are so extremely wise and useful, that, to a humane and generous mind, no expense for this purpose would be thought extravagant.

      John Adams, Thoughts on Government, 1776

    4. True Patriot says:

      “Now let us see what the present primary schools cost us, on the supposition that all the children of 10. 11. & 12. years old are, as they ought to be, at school: and, if they are not, so much the work is the system; for they will be untaught, and their ignorance & vices will, in future life cost us much dearer in their consequences, than it would have done, in their correction, by a good education.”

      Thomas Jefferson – 1812

    5. Bea says:

      The problem with your agreement here is that he isn’t the one dealing with the educators. It is your local school board and communities, who will raise your school taxes to deal with what needs supplemented in the budget. Here in Washington County, they have already said they planned to raise them if the budgets were cut. So, Corbett only passed the dirty work on to others, & if you own your home, you’re the loser in all this.

  3. Matthias says:

    Tough times call for tough decisions, and if we don’t like those decisions, well… that’s tough.

    1. dr. michael says:

      This is the most intelligent thing you have ever said.

  4. Dana says:

    Interesting. I wonder if Gov. Corbett feels obligate to set an example by assuming a pay cut/freeze instead of asking 5 year olds to do so by decreasing/eliminating their educational opportunities.

    1. Dana says:

      Awfully presumptuous of you to assume you know my profession. I am, in fact, not a teacher. Also, how narrow minded to think that only teachers care for the education of children. Perhaps your hatred of teachers is stronger than your concern for a balanced budget. Good luck with that.

    2. Dana says:

      Seriously. I’m waiting for yet another brilliant, insightful response. Anything? I thought so.

      1. dana needs a hug too says:

        seriously. have a cup of tea. smoke a fatty. go for a jog.

    3. Bye Bye Rendell says:

      i’m with the dana sucks dude

    4. Eric says:

      I agree with you Dana. It is not fair for our children that he is making cuts in education. I understand what you said because I currently have a son who receives state aid to go to preschool and will be starting kindergarden next year. So shame on you Tom Corbett.

      1. not eric's stepping stone says:

        Eric, Don’t expect us to pay for your child to go to preschool. Here’s a thought, don’t have children you cannot support,

      2. Eric says:

        To the immature idiot who replyed to my comment: you can stick it you know where.

    5. Matthias says:


      By the governor’s budget, how are 5-year olds having their educational opportunities decreased or eliminated?

      1. Poplicola says:

        @ Matthias

        In addition, Gov. Corbett called for an end to state grants for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten.

        So if the state ends grants for pre-kindergarten, then I would say that that limits (if not entirely diminishes) the educational opportunities of 5 year olds.

        I agree with you Dana. I did not watch Corbett’s speech, but why (instead of asking teachers to take a salary freeze) doesn’t he demand that the politicians of PA take a salary/benefit freeze? The average assemblymen/senator makes $80,000+, while the Governor/Lt. Governor make $170,000+. We could save alot if they are required to forfiet their salaries/benefits.

        Or, instead of having to make such “deep cuts” perhaps Corbett should come to his senses and issue a reasonable tax for the shale companies to pay that want to extract natural gas from PA. This would work for 2 reasons, 1. PA has the reserve of natural gas and if the companies want it, they should be expected to pay for it and 2. all other states that extract gas have a tax on extraction.

    6. Zoeyzotron says:

      DANA – so you are saying that you will do a worse job because of this. Where do you teach, you should be fired. Just another example of issues Unions cause.

      1. Tommy Jefferson says:

        Zoey, you must have been one of those mean, bully girls that spent too much time in the Principal’s office, and not enough time in the classroom to have cultivated such a hatred of teachers.

      2. Dana says:

        Zoeyzotron, if you had read what I posted you would see that I am not a teacher.

    7. Realist says:

      Absolutely!!!!! It is funny that these govt officals never say, “Hey, I will lead by example and freeze my own pay and pay more for my benefits–or give up living in my gov. mansion that has a staff of 6 to take care of me.” *%^& off Corbet!!!!!

  5. frank says:

    Welcome to the real world! ha real world of monthly vehicle payments of average 400 dollars, gas, insurance, and vehicle maintinence. that your precious corbett ran on that promise to get rid of state employees free vehicles. but only the elite have those privledges including all the extras such as meals and hotels also. its a joke hes a joke start with the top and work your way down and this state would be fine.

    1. Corbett kicks puppy dogs says:

      Did you notice that Corbett still permits the new Attorney General to keep the state owned PRIVATE AIRPLANE for the Attorney General?

      1. Do your research says:

        And that he and all the other government reps will continue to pay NOTHING for their full benefit packages. Teacher haters may as well pile on those who have even sweeter deals. And no, I’m not a teacher, but I do have them in my family and know many more.

  6. td says:

    REALLY??? JP your about as dumb as they get. These are the people that help your kids learn and mold them to young adults.

    1. Proud Parent of An Honor Roll Student says:

      and they are doing such a great learnin and moldin our dumb kids now? I think the teachers could do just as poor a job for less money.
      I like the performance-based pay for teachers. Way too many teachers are coasting through the day using lesson plans from their rookie year.
      College faculty are very well compensated. Freeze their pay for 10 years.

  7. Gail says:

    Just remember those children that are being cut out from being educated will be the ones running Pennslyvania when you get old. I’m sure they will remember you as they cut all your pensions, SSI’s, Medicare, and Medicaid, etc. etc. What goes around comes around. As you said time for the real world. Also remember your get what you pay for.Ask Mr Corbett where his families children go. Bet it isn’t public school

  8. sn says:

    Hey Gov…thank God you gave those gas companies a break with no severance tax. PA..the only state in the union without a severance tax for natural gas drilling. Yeah..much better to wack some jobs and cut education. You sicken me as much as Rendell did.

    1. Economics Lesson says:


      Try and listen to his speech at least. Corbett explains why taxing the hand that feeds us is what got us into this mess in the first place. People have forgotten how to wait. People want your money up front are penny wise and pound foolish. Try a a little patience and you will reap so much more long term.

  9. KD says:

    cant say I agree with Mr Corbet. CHildren are our future… They will be our next leaders a generation from now… Maybe pay raises are fair, but cuts in education… not so.. I Igree with Frank.. startt the top and work your way down. As a RN I have to pay for my own insurance, car payment.. Please tell me again why state employees get this done? Have any of them ever actually saved a life? We need good teachers to mold our futures along with good resposible Parenting. And for Mr. Corbett to be the one to set the primary example by staring with cuts from the top on down

    1. rdl says:


      KD only agree with some of your points start at the top harrisburg is over paid. because they are over paid is all the more reason they should buy their own car and insurance. ” please dont clasify all state workers in the same category” I am a state worker that pays my own insurance and health care.”
      Im not a cop but Im sure the state troopers save lives every day. Penn dot potentially saves live every snow storm. What im saying is every one is going to have an argument on why their pay shouldnt be cut. The only solution is freeze it all across the board. as a state worker freeze my pay. We all have to stop being greedy and take a step back an re group. Put stronger limitations on welfare. I see it time and time again people buying cartons of cigarettes pay cash large bills an using food stamps driving cars ten years newer than mine. Tax the shale companies they maake 900,00- 5 mil a day yes a day. a lot more revenue could be made instead depriving our children of a brain. Better build 10 more jails.

      1. KD says:

        good points SDL as a health care worker I cannot see a pendot worker making critical life saving decisions however, salting the roads so medical care can transport maybe… OK also maybe using life saving AED’s… which is a life saving procedure, but doesn’t really require critical thinking….
        How are single Moms or single Dads going to pay for their children to go to college? any ideas?

  10. JP says:

    @TD…First of all, the way you speak shows your level of intelligence, so I don’t need to comment on that. Secondly, these are the people who think they should get better pay raises and benefits than everyone else. They should teach the children the same way regardless of their pay raise or benefits. I didn’t realize that if you didn’t get a raise or had to pay more for benefits you could slack off on the job. Oh wait, I’m not in a union, so I don’t think that way.

    1. Td says:

      Your right. I should have used spell check.

      1. Jan says:

        The use of “your” is a common mistake, You should have wrote “you are” or you’re”. Please do not criticize me for pointing this out…….I am not a teacher!

    2. Pauline K says:

      JP – I agree with you. I watch the teachers at the elementary school in my district arrive at school in their BMW’s, Audi’s and Mercedes at 8:40 am for a 9am start and they are all out the door in their luxury vehicles within 5 minutes after the closing bell leaving their student teachers to make sure that their children get on the right bus. They refuse to have curriculum night or parent/teacher conferences in the evenings because it’s not in their contract, they work at most 10 months a year and leave for their Florida homes during winter and spring break. Once they’ve worked 10 years their salaries are between $80-$100k and they cannot be asked to help with lunchroom duty or other activities because it’s not in their contract. I don’t see a problem with a 1 year pay freeze and should think that they would gladly consider it when faced with the other option which is less teachers and larger classrooms which may mean – perish the thought – more work. Many of use in the non-union work force have been living under a pay freeze for a few years now.

      1. Tommy Jefferson says:

        Name the school district. This is nothing but a bunch of invented fantasy. If your teachers are driving BMWs and Mercedes it’s probably because they are married to a spouse that is an executive or employee of some large corporation. This is nothing but a bunch of silly lies. Even the highest compensted school district teachers do not insist on such outrageous demands. By the way if you live in a school district that pays its teachers to where they can drive those kinds of vehicles and have two homes, ,d 100k salaries, that district must have one hell of a tax base. How is the view out the window of your Bentley? Again, name the school district.

  11. Fast Eddie says:

    I’d be surprised to see one districts employees to agree to a wage freeze. Sounds good to the public’s ears, but the reality is no school districts’ employees are going to agree to it if they have a contract right now. The governor shifted the burden of paying for things such as public education and higher education, onto the backs of school boards who will do some cuts but ultimately raise the taxes to their taxpayers and to the colleges who will only pass the burden on in the form of higher tuition. It all sounds good, but in the end we are all still going to pay, it will be a different “piper”, that’s all.

  12. Fast Eddie says:

    The governor could have really shown strength and guts had he proposed cutting his benefits and the legislatures, their perks, and the size of the legislature. That would have shown everybody he is serious about cuts instead of passing the tax increase burden onto local and regional governments.

  13. Denise says:

    Education is NOT a business. These children are the future of our country that you’re cutting, Gov. Corbett. I think it’s about time the rich pay their fair share.

    1. Denise the commie says:

      Easy there, Michael Moore.

    2. One small voice says:

      Money is not the issue, bilions have been poured into the schools and the kids keep getting dummer. Any Einstein have an idea where the problem might be ??

      1. Tommy Jefferson says:

        Yes…it’s called DNA, as in not enough Einsteins in the PA gene pool.

      2. hwright says:

        bilions???? try billions maybe you should have attended a public school????

    3. Zoeyzotron says:

      DENISE – I have news for you… THE TEACHERS ARE THE RICH. Compensation is defined as WAGE+BENEFITS, which inclueds PENSIONS that can be worth Millions. So if you are refering to Union teachers as the “rich” then I am all for it. WAKE UP and join the real world…

      1. Joe says:

        Teachers are underpaid as compared to workers with the equivalent education and skill level.
        Your post is just idiotic.

      2. Horace Greeley says:

        If you think teachers are rich, then maybe you should have worked a little harder in school so that you might have been able to rise above that mimimum wage job you obviously have. Have you any idea what the truly rich in this country, the top 2% who received the Bush tax cuts earn? Hell, it meant 6 million in tax SAVINGS for Rush Limbaugh. I also would assume (and hope) that you home school your ownchildren…if not maybe you should give it a try.

      3. hwright says:

        And you define rich by making 40 – 60 thousand a year??? really are you that stupid. or just jealous you have no education?

    4. hwright says:

      Amen to that!

  14. Money is not the Answer says:

    Money alone is not a solution to any problems which education may face. Compare what Pittsburgh Public spends per student with what any school in the suburbs spends, and you will see that money spent and student performance are not proportional. There is little reason that teachers can’t take a pay freeze for one year. Not layoffs, not a pay cut. Just a freeze. Not too much to ask when you look at the private sector’s wage growth over that last ten years. One more thing, if I may. Anyone talking about education, please spell words correctly. Use proper grammar and syntax. You do your public education little credit by showing off your poor English.

    1. Mrs Traynor says:

      Since you started with the English lesson know that nobody here is “talking” about education, nor can they. They are, however, writing about it. Have a nice day. BURN!

      1. Since you are off the subject says:

        Mrs Traynor: You missed a comma. and as far as” talking,” here is a definition from Webster:

        b : to convey information or communicate in any way

        Burn your teacher’s contract. You are embarassing.

      2. Mrs Trayor says:

        I missed a comma? Where?

    2. Matthias says:

      I agree with you.

      Uncaring parents and “broken homes” are to blame.

  15. Vito says:

    Corbett for President! Finally someone for the taxpayer over greed!!

    1. Tony Soprano says:

      These cuts will be passed onto the local school districts.

      You are such a FOOL, Vito.

      1. Vito the Fool says:

        A budget with so many cuts merely transfers the tax burden to the local level.

        School districts, they’ve said, will have to raise property taxes to compensate for state funding losses.

    2. Vito don't do math says:

      Can’t wait to see your school taxes Vito…

  16. Linda says:

    Anyone who expresses enthusiasm over the cuts to education spending needs to remember one thing: you will not see any of this money. Why? Because your local school districts, after being faced with these drastic cuts in state subsidies, will simply raise your property taxes to fill the gap. The money has to come from somewhere, people. I agree that ALL programs need to make sacrifies, including education. But if you honestly think that your taxes are going anywhere but up, you are delusional.

    1. linda is right says:

      i agree with you in part, linda. since money is power, this represents a transfer of power from harrisburg to the citizens in each school distriict.

  17. Bye Bye Rendell says:

    All for well educated teachers teaching our youth…AND MY KIDS…but they make more, work less (with summer off)…so no need to pay less than Joe Taxpayer in health benefits. Pay your fair share. Thanks Corbett!!!

    1. Amy says:

      Work less? I sit here at home every night doing research, lesson plans and grading papers from 5 until 8 pm in addition to my hours at work. Many of my teacher friends and I spend many weeks during the summer planning for the next year and attending trainings. Just because the calendar says we are off does not mean that we are not working.

      I have been teaching for 16 years and take the disrespect of people like you. I can barely make ends meet with my salary with the education I had to pay for to get my job. Not all teachers get paid a huge salary.

  18. Tirade says:

    To those crying over education cuts: most of that tax money goes to pay the bloated salaries of unnecessary administrators that do absolutely nothing to contribute to the student’s education. There’s a ton of waste in the system that was propped up by Rendell for years and it needs to go. Good for you Corbett.

    1. re: Tirade says:

      I usually do not respond to people’s comments but I have to respond to yours. Although I believe that everyone is entitled to an opinion, you should maybe do some research before you make a comment that it so ridiculous. Without administrators, there would not be a foundation that was built for students to learn. We all, as administrators, contribute to the student’s education. We support those who are in positions which make this University run. I cost the tax payers less money working for a University than if I were to be a lazy bum and collect welfare, get free health insurance and live in section 8 housing.

      1. Tirade says:

        turds poop turds and poop where is you you is where la la la

  19. No welfare says:

    Increase welfare and cut higher education, that way we can have even more lazy people to take care of in the future. Maybe all the college students should quit and have babies so welfare can take care of them too….

  20. kt says:

    I live in a school district where teachers offered to take a pay freeze and avert a strike…the school board declined their offer and a strike ensued. 90% of the school teachers in this district have master degrees, spend money from their own pockets to for special projects for their “kids”, act as confrontation mediators, teach special needs children when they do not have the training to do so and much more that requires giving of their own time. In addition they hold food drives, sponsor fund raisings for needy causes, and have even rehabed homes for the needy members of the community. How may workers in the private sector provide these services?Wake up, it is your children that will feel the effects of funding cuts to the education system. I personally would live with a tax increase if it was to go to the education of our children but instead my taxes will be spent to repair the damage done by natural gas drilling that will not be required to be paid by the drilling companies.

    1. I agree says:

      I agree kt! Instead the gas industry is given a free ride on my nickle to poison the water, damage the land, and diminish home and property values.

      1. The Geno says:

        just hope if something bad does happen, that Corbett doesn’t respond like Oblunder did in the Gulf with his BP buddies. I doubt Corbett will wait months do start cleaning up.

    2. One small voice says:

      Teachers with a Masters and PhD’s don’t improve the education of the students, its a proven fact, only costs the taxpayers more money.

      1. Joe says:

        No, it is not a proven fact. It is based on a study with very faulty research methods.

      2. Larry Zygote says:

        Proven fact? All these dumb kids being churned out by our schools is all the proof I need.

      3. dr. michael says:

        Your comment is so true, the advanced degrees feed the ego of the person, not the students they are trying to mold into the future for our city.

  21. Pennsylvanians are fools says:

    Corbett’ budget proposes to increase welfare funding by $607.7 million and health funding by $61.5 million. Military and Veterans Affairs, meanwhile, gets a $19.6 million boost, while state police get a $10 million increase and the Department of Revenue gets $8 million more.

  22. November 2010 says:

    Results of the shallacking in November. Taxpayers simply sick of all the handouts from Rendell and Democratic…that will hurt today’s youth in the future. Today’s youth were dug a hole under Rendell…and Corbett gives them all hope towards the future. Thank you, Corbett!!!

  23. Squeezed says:

    Be happy. At least Corbett balanced the budget by cutting spending. Rendell balanced the budget by taking in more money in form of increasing fees, sin tax hikes, loans, Federal grant money which is just loans from China, selling assets, taxing small businesses, fining mom&pops with poker machines, renaming tax hikes as fee increases, legalizing casinos, building prisons, closing state parks, and shaking kids upside down for lunch money.

  24. ven says:

    I am all for the propose budget cuts but only if our legislators and judges would also make some sort of sacrifices. I guess the “let them eat cake” mentality exists with Corbett as well.

  25. yankee says:

    get r done Tommyboy. thats why ur in there… Nice to see someone in there with some balls…. We are paying for Spendell’s mistakes…

    1. Joe says:

      Not all Republicans are undereducated, but most undereducated types are Republicans.

      1. whattaya know joe? says:

        most guys named joe are democrats. idiot. contribute something or shut up.

      2. Joe the Plumber says:

        Yeah. What she said. Which is it that gets us more jobs?

  26. Fred White says:

    Cut all those state jobs. Especially the Department of Revenue. I’m glad to have a Governor that is as sick and tired of paying for other people’s autistic and handicap kids as I am. And, I’m glad he’s not going to tax me or the gas extracted off my land. Next, eliminate public education altogether. People need to teach their own stupid kids.

    1. PA School Nurse says:

      Sounds like you were taught by your stupid parents. Could you be any more insensitive? Go have a nice helping of that fracking solution that is poisoning your land and do us all a favor.

      1. dr. michael says:

        Watch out!!! This one is a nurse, so that must qualifiy her to expound on her insensitive, self righteous comments. PA school nurse, you have nothing intelligent to say so, dont waste the space here or time.

    2. My son attends WPSD says:

      Do you have any compassion? Do you know how exhausting it can be to take care of a person (child, or teenager) that has special needs? My son may never be a rocket scientist but at least he has compassion for others, knows he’s loved and has a great patience for those trying to communicate with him. And yes, my son has PDD, which is a form of autism, and he’s profoundly deaf.
      Perhaps you should live in someone’s life, that faces the challenges daily, before having something negative to say about it, maybe then you wouldn’t be so quick to judge something you don’t really understand.

      And about you not being taxed… that can always change.

  27. One Term Tom says:

    Tom Corbett is nothing more than a lackey for the Koch brothers, The Heritage Foundation (astroturf org). Of course he has to pay back all his cronies; the gas industry, the coal industry, the health insurance industry, etc. This Gov is no friend to the real people of PA. He panders to slips of paper that says Corporation.
    Here’s the biggest problem: revenue which could be brought into the state but instead he decides to GIVE TAX CUT Expenditures of $833 million dollars to major corporate donors. To pay for that the middle class, our senior citizens, and our children have to pay now and in the future.

  28. Thomas J Duttine says:

    Stop cutting education…cut WELFARE and MEDICAID…and URA and all the other entitlements that weren’t earned!!!!!

  29. Thomas J Duttine says:

    Also how about cutting the size of the state Senate????

    1. The Geno says:

      We are cutting the congress from 19 to 18 after the last census. One less Democrat!!! Progress is coming!!! Thank you voters in November 2010!!!

      1. Joe says:

        Boy, you are just plain stupid. Congress is the federal government, not the state government.
        Not all Republicans are undereducated, but most undereducated types are Republicans.

      2. Dumbest 2 comments of the day! says:

        you’re both stupid. the congress is staying the same number. pennsylvania is losing a representative but another state is gaining a representative.

  30. Common Sense says:

    All the teachers I know live in Fox Chapel or Mt Lebo, drive BMWs, etc…Why not pay the same health benefits than Joe Taxpayer, who pays your salary??? To much common sense for some folks, i guess???

    1. Joe says:

      Teachers are underpaid compared to workers who have the equivalent education and skill level. I guess that is just not common sense when one set of workers is underpaid compared to equivalent workers.
      Can you support your claim about teachers driving BMWs? I have been in the parking lots of both schools and only saw BMWs that the high schools drove.

      1. DD says:

        What workers who have the equivalent education and skill level? I work in a school, not a teacher, and also know people outside of teaching who have equivalent levels (or higher) of education and skill that don’t make in a whole year even close to what a teacher earns in 184 days of work. I’ll be the first to say that teaching isn’t the easiest job, but we really need to step back, have some perspective and admit that 184 days of work cannot be compared to a position that requires a considerable amount more time to be invested.

  31. No tax increase? says:

    Can’t wait to read what everyone has to say when their property tax skyrockets. You can only lay off so many teachers….and I’m sure if they let school boards just pick and choose who they want to lay off there won’t be any behind the scenes political nonsense involved in those decisions.

    I’m not a teacher but I’m thinking of quitting my job and just getting some nice section 8 housing, some welfare, couple of food stamps, maybe an access card to do some gambling on the weekends.
    Not a bad gig.

    1. Matthias says:

      @No tax increase?

      Go for it, nah, you won’t do it.

      1. no tax increas? says:

        your right, i’m burden with this thing called “pride”…. but it sure sounds nice.

    2. The Geno says:

      thought our prop taxes were to go down after the casinos were built. oh wait, that was Rendell…just another lie.

      1. Joe says:

        My taxes went down. So, what is your point?

  32. TODD says:


  33. No tax increase? says:

    Your right, I won’t…….but if they sweeten the deal a little bit more….maybe a car…one of those BMW’s that ALL the teachers drive around.

    1. Matthias says:

      There is nothing wrong with having a middle class. Too bad the middle class is becoming extinct at the expense of the wealthy.

      And, with the shrinking of the middle class there is now a “class warfare” beginning between the middle class and the have-nots.

      People in power and the wealthy are not stupid. They know this is happening.

  34. Little Pepe says:

    Lay off all the Rendell lackies that were hired when he was in office, that should save a few Billion

  35. Philip Harding says:

    That sucking sound you hear is the resources of Pa being sucked out of the ground at no cost to the drillers. Placing a tax on them like other states would produce revenue to repair out roads, schools and other infrastructure. Why is Corbett against letting Pennsylvanians benefit from these rich companies that will eventually leave Pa. The argument is that they produce jobs. Once the wells are drilled…..good bye jobs and Pa has nothing to show for it. I am tired of driving on some of the worst roads in the country.

  36. dee says:

    Does this mean all of the reps of Pa…will also take pay freeze….I wonder…

  37. Fast Eddie says:

    Very little cuts were done here. Just a redistribution of who will be doing the taxing and passing along the increased costs. There should have been, and could have been more done. What a shame. The public fell for this bag of tricks.

  38. KD says:

    Am I wrong, or did Gov Corbett just breach his campaign promises or one of them?
    Did he not promise to rid Harrisburg of State cars for state employees?
    I did vote for him and hope he follows through..
    along with taking care of our future leaders..
    our children

  39. phil says:

    the union thugs aren’t going to like this.

  40. gasngamblers says:

    Just a question: what happened to all the casino money? what about the gas drilling money? where’s all the jobs this was to bring in?

  41. concernedforfamilies says:

    Now that there are no more state subsidies for early childcare, we’ll be seeing a lot more single mothers struggling to stay in the workforce while caring for their children. childcare is not cheap!

    1. go see maury says:

      the secret to the pill is holding it between your knees. stop having babies you can’t afford.

  42. JEFFREY HAIR says:

    WAY TO GO! Mr Tom Corbett, Its about time someone started reigning in these out of control teachers that have been having it better than they deserve for far too long. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK TOM…………

    1. Joe says:

      Teachers are paid and compensated less than other workers with the same education and skill levels. How are workers who are actually underpaid out of control?

      1. hi joe says:

        really? topping out at 70K for working 8 months a year, and then making more if you coach or work summer school? plus paying little or nothing for a pension or health care? i would drive a BMW, and sleep on my deck all summer long.

  43. Corbett is DRUNK says:

    Not a thing in Corbett’s bufget about SELLING THE STATE STORES.

    Corbett breaks promises.

    1. John says:

      believe me you dont want the state stores sold you will then have to pay taxes on clothes and groceries if that money from the stores is gone it must be made up somewhere !!!

  44. chevelle64 says:

    lucky we have casino so property taxes will go way down, education doesnt really matter anymore since no jobs even for college educated

  45. Pianoman says:

    I think the governor is not looking at all of the problem! Our schools spend way too much money on SPORTS! When you consider moneys spent on new high school stadiums and sports programs and how many players actually get scholarships, sports should be made a pay to play thing! Do not cut pre-school funding, but, cut state grants for foot ball stadiums, running tracks, and other sports minded things. A good education gets our students scholarships and many attend universities and give to the working field, however how many sports scholarsips are given out compared to Educational scholarships?

    1. Sports stepping stone says:

      Go Piano! Well spoken!

    2. Jimbo says:

      I don’t believe school districts can get state grants or funding for sports stadiums or track fields. I think you are mixing up the professional stadium funding with school districts. You should get the facts before you post a statement that isn’t true.

  46. Mike A. says:

    One inconvenient issue about public education is that we are so far out on the curve of diminishing marginal utility that we are on the “flat.” In other words, each next dollar spent gets us basically nothing. Empirical evidence bears this out. And it is a valid reason to argue for reducing public education budgets — because you can do so without impacting the quality of education.

    Now this takes logical implementation of said cuts — which will never happen. But hey, it’s worth mentioning.

    1. Joe says:

      Please give evidence to support your point. All you have are claims without ANYTHING to support it.

  47. Noname please says:

    Great job Gov Corbett, you’re doing the job we elected you to do. It’s refreshing to see someone do the right thing without concern for the political consequences. That is real courage and concern for this state

    1. KD says:

      If you think hes doing such a great job no name.. leave a name PLEASE
      so what about our future leaders? OUR CHILDREN?

  48. KD says:

    We wont know the actual consequences not political but life consequences for years to come… or when our local leaders raise our taxes or when all our future leaders are flipping burgers… or when kids being educated in China are our leaders

  49. public school 124 says:

    As I sit here and read these comments I am amazed on how simple and unrealistic people sound. I am a public school educator. I am amazed by the fact that people not in this profession think that it is a cushion job and we get paid well. Okay? We are one of the lowest paid professions and have some of the highest standards to maintain. Not only are we teaching during the day, some of us are sitting in front of teachers at nights and on the weekends. Believe me, if I were to choose a profession for the money this would not be it. I also enjoyed the comments about private schools and parochial schools working on the same testing and expectations that the public school systems have to maintain. I have been on both sides of this debate and believe me the public school system has it a lot more difficult. The United States of America makes it too easy for people not to work. In my profession I have seen parents that choose not to work or go to school and suck down the taxpayers money left and right. We are not pointing fingers in the right direction. When I decided to become an educator I made a promise to give every child the right to an equal education. Some days you do not know whether the child slept on the floor, ate a hot meal, took a hot shower and brushed his or her teeth, and has clean clothes. Some children that I know go home and take care of their siblings while their parents, and I use that term loosely, run the streets. Poverty has no prejudice. When do we stop blaming others and take responsibility for ourselves. If you would like to blame educators for the things going on in the economy….. good work. You sound just as stupid as Corbett!

    1. public school 125 says:

      as i sit here and listen to you whine, i am amazed at how you have missed the voice of the voting public. i am a voter. I voted to elect people to cut spending and balance the budget. i am amazed by the fact that you fail to understand that no one is doubting the importance of effective teachers. what we are saying is, your wages and benefits are too high given the state of the economy. that’s all. we know your job is hard, but so are the jobs of many other people. cry somewhere else, because there are too many good men and women out of work who don’t like your annual automatic pay increases and your cushy benefit packages.

      1. public school 124 says:

        As far as good men and women out of work, what do you think this idiot is doing? I am too a voter. That is why I did not vote for this individual. I do not have a cusion job and benefits. You do not even know what it costs out of pocket for good benefits. If you are not a public school teacher then how do you know how much we make? You just assume. Why don’t we start placing the blame on the rich people who drive around in their expensive cars and live in their expensive houses and pay for private school. Half of them probably do not even pay their taxes and if they do it is probably less than mine. Who do you think got them their. They did not learn to read or write on their own. I would love if you would go back to your school teachers and tell them that their job is meaningless and that they get paid too much and have too good of benefits. Your antics suck and so does your opinion.

      2. public school 124 says:

        Sir or Ma’am, the salary of every teacher is public knowledge, and can easily be found on the internet. There are even websites that are searchable by name or school district. So yes, I know what teachers make. As someone who has been involved in union negotiation in other professions, I also know what good benefits cost. Further, telling me that my antics suck or my opinion sucks is immature. We can have discussions without descending into pettiness. Previously you stated that teaching is not something you get into for the money, then in your next post you attack the rich. Envy is clouding your vision. If I went back and talked to my teachers about what they did for me, I would tell 80 percent of them that they were really good at reading from a book and giving standardized tests. I would absolutely tell them to their respective faces that they did not deserve their compensation. I would tell the other 20 percent that they helped me in life in one way or another, and deserved more compensation. That’s the price we Pennsylvanians pay for living in a union stronghold. I would tell 100 percent of my parents that their dedication to my education made me an educated person, no matter the quality of my teacher.

      3. Tommy Jefferson says:

        Educated citizens value learning and education, and it would follow that they would value educators, and therefore be willing to compensate them at a level equivalent to their level of academic accomplishment. While we are at it, why don’t we pass legislation to save money by going back to one room school houses, or just require NO higher education for professional teachers, just hire the relatives of the local school board members.

    2. PS124 Stepping stone says:

      Summers off? You underpaid whiner!

      1. public school 124 says:

        As far as pettiness you attacked with whiner. And as far as stepping stone, let’s be original. I work even in the summer. With the underpaid amount that I get I need to work during the summer. I am not complaining about my job, I love it, however it seems that others are envious of it. I really feel sorry for people who can not see a bigger picture that education is the stepping stone. It is not our opinion that matters it is how we change and grow as individuals and make the best at what we have. I am not envious of the rich. I am rich with a family, a beautiful home, and a wonderful job! It is such a shame that you think that we sit and read from books. I am an early education teacher and I do not read from books. I live life through the eyes of my children. I see their pain, and fear their fears for them. I do not stand in the front of a classroom and teach from a book I live life. When you see what I see everday then you make your comments, however you do not. And as far as a union, I am not even a member of mine!!!!!!
        I am an individual and stand on my own two feet. I do not need someone to represent nor speak for me …… as you can see. Your opinion is well put but it is just an opinion not a fact! And as far as our salaries being public knowledge? You really need to focus on some more important things beyond searching through someones salary! Really?

      2. public school 124 says:


  50. KD says:


  51. Gail says:

    As a parent of a high honor roll student in the public school system I am aware of the many other parents who are not involved in their childrens’ education. Leaving the burden of not only teaching but also raising the children these parents donot want to be bothered with. These teachers are providing more than learning ,they are loving, and watching for signs of mistreatement from hands that are suppose to be the caretakers (the parents). If we paid these teachers for every position that we expect them to fill in the raising of OUR children we really would not be able to afford them. As parents we should be willing to help this men and women who are carving our future day by day, class by class, student by student as these are tomorrows leaders. So lets stop fighting about who gets paid more than we do and see what we have to do for our children and THEIR school system.

    1. public school 124 says:

      I totally agree! Well put!

  52. Joe says:

    Tom Corbett is a CORRUPT politician. Having the chance to tax out-of-state drilling companies to close a budget shortfall, he instead made massive cuts to education to satisfy his corporate campaign donors. Corrupt is the only term to describe Tom Corbett’s budget.

  53. Gail says:

    Well now let me see, parents how upset are we about the educational demise of our children. Anyone want to go to the next school board meeting to see what they are going to do with less money? How about a letter, a phone call or even a visit to your local Senator, Congressman or newly elected Governors’ office. How about asking for a review of the expenses that are incurred withing the political belts? We need to not just sit down and complain with only a small bit of education ourselves on the working to this broken system. If we don’t take control now (education wise) than we will be funding extra prisons. Perhaps Corbetts will rescind the liquor taxes that created the anger that got him elected.
    Drunk uneducated young adults anyone?

  54. Where are the JOBS, Tommie says:

    There was also a shortage because of too many Pennsylvanians being out of work, not paying taxes and collecting benefits.

  55. Bad parents aren't taxpayers says:

    How about a tax to procreate? If you can’t pay, the State takes your newborn, never to be seen by you again, to be raised by a family that can afford to do so?

  56. Jerry says:

    I’m not sure where some of you are getting your information?
    What I heard in the Governor’s address is posted on his web site. Word for word.

    I’m a Democrate and a supporter of Corbett. I believ that he will be a great Governor and make our State a place to raise a family without the worry our children have to move to another State for a job.
    Thank you

  57. Dr Doofenschmirtz says:

    Corbett seems legit and a breath of fresh air. About time we get someone for the hardworking taxpayer in the lower and middle class rather than the rich and greedy and the freeloaders on welfare. About time Pennsylvania is back in the right direction. Red state for only a few months and already major improvements!!! Thank you November voters!!!

    1. Rendell > Corbett says:

      Actually, if you actually knew anything about this bill, you would know that this budget is proposing a $607.7 million INCREASE to welfare spending. Does he seem like such a “breath of fresh air” now? Pay freeloaders by short-changing our state’s children. Brilliant.

      1. Joe says:

        How about RICH out-of-state drilling companies coming into Pennsylvania to get richer and not paying a dime in taxes?

  58. Gaye says:

    Jerry what jobs when they won’t be able to get an education oops unless they go to a private school.
    . What will happen is they will import educated people from other states to fill the jobs that are well heeled. Our uneducated children will be left doing the lower paying jobs like as many people seem to think include teachers.

    We are willing to pay atheletes million of dollars to entertain us but little to teach what is suppose to be our most prized possessions. (At least for me it is) You see I don’t just send my kid to school I oversee the process to make sure my taxes are well spent..Would you leave you diamonds with a starving jewelry cleaner? Well your kid should be worth more than your gems. I won’t permit anyone to play with my childs education without a fight and that is in the schools or in the political arena. I hold them both accountable for their responsiblity as I have mine covered. I am the Coach, cheerleader, quarterback and defense co-ordinator for my child. Are you for yours?

  59. Gaye says:

    Not a red state yet just a small case of the measles which we should all be over in a bit. We will have to bare with the uncomfortable situation the non-voters put us in but eventually we will realize that both sides are corrupt and we as citizens must be the ones who keep them in check. I don’t plan on being his cheerleader I’m my childs. Believe me Gov. Corbett will be sick of me watching him and questioning him for the next four years. If what we see is the implosion of our State than we will have to innoculate him right out of here and turn our skies blue again. A little humor is okay even under these percarious times

    1. Tommy Jefferson says:

      You are good Gaye!

  60. Jim says:

    Good for Corbett. He is doing exactly what I elected him to do. That’s a welcome change.

    1. Joe says:

      You elected him to cut funding for education and allow out of states drilling companies to come into Pennsylvania and take out the Commonwealth’s natural resources without paying a dime in taxes?

      1. P says:

        Joe… I would like to extend my electronic hand in agreement with what you have to say. Just read some of these messages — there are more spelling issues (when the computer makes the auto correction with a bright red line) and grammar is off the wall (people can not form a basic sentence.) These are that same people who want to cut education. Think about it.

  61. Joe says:

    I hope all of the right wingers on here realize that LENIN (yes, that Lenin) promoted the idea that government workers should not make more than the average worker.
    So, I say “Hello, comrade!” to all those true Communists on here who keep claiming teachers should not make more than the average worker.
    How does it feel to be a true blue (or Red) Communist?

    1. Bob says:

      Hey D-BAG! I found this by doing a simple search. On it says “The 2009 average teacher salary in Pennsylvania was $52,913, which represents an increase of 1.45% from Pennsylvania’s 2008 teaching salaries of $52,155.” Now tell me how many people are making more than this with benefits and summers off? Feel free to prove me wrong. Like you said previously, where is the evidence to back up all of your rhetoric?

      1. voiceofreason says:

        Why are you so intent on continuing this downward spiral? Are you aware that it’s better(but a bit more difficult) to lift everyone up than to tear them down? If you would take off your blinders, then maybe you could at least consider the other side of the situation. What you lack is abstract thought.

      2. dr. michael says:

        Yea, what he said. Good job!

    2. Bob says:

      So whom is the “average worker” that you speak of. What is the annual salary range required to be an “average worker”?

  62. Joe says:

    “An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” -Ben Franklin
    Tom Corbett, you are no Ben Franklin.

  63. fightnsnow says:

    What about welfare? Make those people take a drug test to collect, bet that will save the state a buck!!

  64. Sam says:

    Compared to the benefits of a teacher, my healthcare and retirement benefits are a sin. When I retire, I’ll assuredly have a very spartan lifestyle that may also include work related disability. I am a Registered Nurse. I congratulate Governor Corbett. This is EVERYBODYS PROBLEM, not just the taxpayers problem

    1. True Patriot says:

      I would like to see how your health care and benefits compare to a teacher’s. Most nurses I know, (I am related to 3), have outstanding health insurance and quite decent benefits. Either way, if you are connected to a hospital system that receives state subsidies, beware, they will be affected, especially if affiliated with UPMC. And, as you can see from some of the posts here, there are many who might question whether you are worthy of what you receive….I certainly don’t, because I have not walked in your shoes, I see the value of what you do, and the hard work you invested to get what you have.

  65. Tom hal says:

    How about eliminating ssi? These freeloaders would have to take any job which would force them and their children to take school seriously

  66. Joe says:

    Bank of America made $4.4 billion last year and paid NOTHING in taxes.
    Range Resources regularly pays less than 1% in taxes.
    Hmmmm, wonder where the state budget problem lies?
    Maybe it is with the very wealthy and corporations who actually pay NOTHING in taxes.

  67. Joe says:
    Companies that do not pay their fair share in taxes.

  68. True Patriot says:

    You need to do some research and educate yourself Zoey. Pension contributions from state and local employers aren’t blowing up budgets. They amount to just 2.9 percent of state spending, on average, according to the National Association of State Retirement Administrators. The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College puts the figure a bit higher at 3.8 percent. Though there’s no direct comparison, state and local pension contributions approximate the burden shouldered by private companies. The nonpartisan Employee Benefit Research Institute estimates that retirement funding for private employers amounts to about 3.5 percent of employee compensation.
    Nor are state and local government pension funds broke. They’re underfunded, in large measure because — like the investments held in 401(k) plans by American private-sector employees — they sunk along with the entire stock market during the Great Recession of 2007-2009. And like 401(k) plans, the investments made by public-sector pension plans are increasingly on firmer footing

  69. True Patriot says:

    And how about a 50% cut to the University of Pittsburgh…the largest economic driver in Western PA. That is a real job crusher and an incentive for our best and brightest to go out of state. Huge cuts in the state college system are going to put a college education out of reach for the middle class of PA. The U.S. became the wealthiest, most powerful nation in the world because of an emphasis on public education and a well compensated labor force,which contributed to the largest middle class on the planet. Under GOP control those factors will be continually weakened until the top 2 % pick and choose the lawmakers and we will have NO MIDDLE CLASS!

    1. Bob says:

      So you want the PA taxpayers to pay to keep the “largest economic driver in Western PA?” Well no wonder it has been such an economic driver. If it’s so good then it should be able to stand on it’s own without being subsidized. By-the-way, I would like to see evidence to back up your claim on this economic driver.

      1. True Patriot says:

        The University of Pittsburgh (and UPMC) are the largest employers in Western Pennsylvania. That’s common knowledge. It is not hard to see how this is going to mean large job losses here,not to mention Penn State, Temple, and the state colleges. What do subsidies have to do with a University being good. Even with state subsidies, a college education is upwards of 12,000 a year without housing and books. You are eitther quite wealthy or do not have children with higher education goals if you don’t see this as a problem. We have some of the finest colleges and universities in the country. Pittsburgh, once known for its steel and manufacturing is commonly praised for its conversion from a manufacturing based economy to a leader in “Meds and Ed” That’s why the G-20 summit was held here. Where have you been?

      2. Bob says:

        I moved here a year ago from central PA.

      3. P-I-T-T letsgopitt says:

        maybe in exchange for their subsidy, they can finally pay tax on all the property they swallow up. they are a non-profit, right? er, wait, didn’t they just put their name on the steel building?

      4. Mr Soho says:

        Gee , none of these school districts, Universities, have any FAT to cut. They all run on a cut to the bone budget. What bull $hit !!!

  70. True Patriot says:

    After reading many of the anti teacher comments here, it looks like a lot of those people started hating on teachers in first grade!

    1. Sam says:

      So long St. Barnabas. Hello Kane. Enjoy!

  71. Concerned says:

    Are you all really that fooled? To cut a budget means to cut what unnecessary spending we as a state do not need (which would be a good start.) So let’s all take an intelligent look — cutting education budgets while the rest of the world is increasing or spending more on education, thus raising the standard, is not the answer to balancing a budget. All along, our kids are falling behind unless you are a small percentage of the PA population that can afford to send your child to a private /home school The trickle down effect is that we fall behind as a state (and nation) which means a potential loss of “higher level” jobs in this nation to overseas companies. This should not be a Republican versus a Democratic issue (which I am afraid it is.) INSTEAD, let’s cut state spending on unnecessary car use (make representatives car pool) or freeze an increase in state representative’s salaries/pensions. OR even better yet, let’s cut the “upper level” state employee’s food budget for useless lunch and dinners (which is just pure abuse in the long run.) OR just look at all the political perks that we as tax payers don’t even know about. This time — more than ever — is the time that we all as citizens of this state should put aside our political views and realize that we are moving backwards and not forward; AND in the long run, it will come to bite us for the worse. PLEASE note — I am not a teacher, I am a registered republican, and I voted for this governor who shocked me (when the joy of his election wore off, I am sadly feeling the regret.)

    1. Dr Knowledge says:

      You are 100% correct. These nuts on here who are applauding the governor for making the “tough choices” don’t see that it’s all going to fall back on them as taxpayers with higher local and school district taxes.

      He failed to make the very obvious cuts you mentioned that would have legitimized his call for teacher unions and state employees to take a wage freeze and pay more towards their healthcare. He could have led by example but instead took the easy way out and passed the funding needs down to the local levels for them to deal with. You, me, all of us are still going to pay. We’ll just be mad at our local elected officials instead of our governor and legislature come election time because they raised our taxes. Governor Corbett learned something off of Fast Eddie. Pass the buck!

  72. Bob says:

    Two Words : HOME SCHOOL

    1. True Patriot says:

      Four words about home school….Kids playing on computers

      1. Bob says:

        Alright then. How about school vouchers so parents can choose what school they want their kids to attend?

      2. True Patriot says:

        Bob, most public school districts spend approx 9000 per student per year. Do you really think an 800 or 1000 dollar voucher given to a low income family in Wilkensburg is going to encourage them to send their children to Mt. Lebanon or Upper St. Clair, who most assuradly will raise that transfer tuition even higher. The only people who will benefit from the vouchers are parents whose kids are already enrolled in Catholic and private schools. It will be a bonus windfall for them, financed by guess who….PA taxpayers, who will be subsidizing people who can already afford to send their children to religious and private schools. Vouchers are a bailout for parochial schools who are struggling for funds and enrollment. What happened to separtation of church and state? Your taxes will be paying to keep religious schools open. Is that okay with you?

  73. PA School Nurse says:

    Corbett needs to drink some of his untaxed fracking water and see what happens. He is helping to poison our natural resources, and our educational system. He is a truly a joke.

    1. Bob says:

      Obviously you don’t have a gas lease. Did you know that chemicals and pesticides used for farming are the biggest sources for pollution in Pa’s fertile farm lands? Does that mean we should stop farming?

  74. Bea says:

    For those who voted this man in, hope you work for the state, your kids are going to college, and you own your home. Because it is you who deserve to be jobless, paying 50% more in tuition & school taxes. To spare taxing a billion dollar industry with Marcellus any undue taxes but adding to our unemployment rates, not raising state taxes but those on seniors who own their homes to support school districts is shameful. I know Republicans are big business politicians, but his blatant disregard for the middle class in our state with this budget is shocking. And this is just his first budget, 4 years is a long time.

  75. Big Whoop says:

    Plain and simple: There were more of us who voted for him. That’s why Corbett is Governor. He is doing what the majority voted him in office to do.

    It’s essentially the same principal that got Obama elected to the office of President. Either way, deal with it.

    1. Tommy Jefferson says:

      And how many of the millions affected by these cuts, many who will become unemployed are going to vote for him in the next election. Governor Tom Corbett…one and done!

  76. Olde Tymer says:

    I hope Corbett is only pausing to grind his axe for the next of many victims in this, the Beauracracy State!

  77. Gus Foreskinberg says:

    Corbett rolled back spending to 2008 level. I think we managed to make it through 2008 didnt we?

  78. Hal H. says:

    You can have vouchers and choice all you want…..There are laws that protect certain students that most of the public doesn’t know about. When some of the kids swear in class, disrupt daily, it is chalked up as a ‘manifestation’ of the disability. Heck, many will have homework eliminated or have to do 10 problems instead of 30 for math as an example. A voucher to go somewhere else doesn’t take away the fact the child is going to cause the same problems. Good luck trying to suspend these kids or hold them accountable in a ‘different setting.’ You’ll get sued just like the others. Schools don’t have deep pockets to fight these lawsuits, so it is just easier to act like the problems aren’t there. Give the kids “A’s” and hope for the best.

  79. John Cantoni says:

    I thing most people missed the point.Fact the state has a deficit of $5billion from over spending.School Boards that the teacher union controls have past contracts with the knowledge of the deficit for at least 5 years so this budget is not a surprise, maybe a rude awakening that something has to be done now.I agree that those in government needs to be first in line for those cuts.This is the time for taxpayers to go to school board meetings and say no more tax increases.I thing this is a good time to put the brakes on teacher contracts& administrator pay raises.They are out of line with those in the private sector.FBM

    1. True Patriot says:

      Teachers average pay in PA is in the vicinity of 40,000 a year, with the same education and preparation required of many much higher paying professions in the private sector. All this is going to do is discourage the best and brightest from considering entering the teaching profession….and we can be proud to say that our Republican and Tea Party elected Governor has led us in the race to the bottom.

  80. joan says:

    Will you politicians take pay cuts too? You seem to be cutting everybody else, but nothing is said about your salaries and spending. Especially you business dinners and cars. Start there.

  81. huh says:

    Oh boo hoo hoo, children blah blah blah racism blah blah blah the poor blah blah blah blah blah blah. It’s the same old stuff all the time. What don’t you understand about THE MONEY ISN”T THERE? Your going to force your kids and grand kids to live in mud huts and eat berries because of your concern only for yourself and the present. THINK OF THE FUTURE for a change instead of your selfish self. Stop the same old crying an whining and help to get this mess under control instead of adding to it. This Ponzi Scheme if going to come crashing down soon than you think.

  82. dan says:

    Corbett = typical republican.

    Start a revolution!!!! Union til I die!!!!

    1. Richard says:

      It would be MUCH better if the Unions died off. They need to go the way of the dinosaurs, become extinct! They’re one of the biggest economic problems today, all the Union slobs want more and more and more and more….

  83. JJ says:

    Maybe it is time for the teachers to realize that things are tough all over. People cannot keep paying for their high salaries &/or benefits. Maybe it time they sit back & take a real look at just what they get from the taxpayers. Maybe it’s time they realize enough is enough. The teachers union is one of the worst things that has ever come about. Very few teachers care about the children. Most care more about what they can get from the taxpayer & what they can put into their contract so they cannot get fired for not doing their job. I remember when teachers were respected & when teachers respected the people who pay their salary. Teachers today are just like the politicians……greedy….

    1. Tommy Jefferson says:

      And these very subjective OPINIONS are based on what data. Most reasonable, thinking people realize and understand that, like other professionals, teachers invest a great deal of personal finances in acquiring a college degree, are required by PA state law to earn an additional 180 hours of continuing ed credits every 5 years to remain certified and are caring and dedicated. I don’t know what your occupation is JJ, but I’ll bet there are those who are not good examples of the whole workplace, just as there are lousy doctors, incompetent lawyers, crooked judges and so on. Maybe you should volunteer for a parent helper activity at your local school and walk a mile in a teacher’s shoes before you attempt to come off as someone who is knowledgable.

  84. Bob says:

    Just wait until you get your school tax bill this year — businesses and homeowners will pay for the budget cuts.

  85. Robsgirl says:

    Teachers do not get free health insurance in Allegheny County.

    1. Tommy Jefferson says:

      That is correct. And regarding the summers off…that is not in any teaching contract. It is an outdated system of schooling based on America’s early agricultural heritage when the kids were needed at home to help with farm chores in the summer. There are some states, Colorado for example that use a 9 week on 2 or 3 week off rotation. When districts in PA have proposed something similar, parents of those districts roundly rejected it….vacation plans you know. Teachers do not dictate summer vacation or for that matter snow days.

  86. hwright says:

    Welcome to Wisconsin!

  87. Tosh says:


  88. Kevin says:

    If it’s bad, why doesn’t Corbett and his many, many constituents in Harrisburg take a paycut or start paying towards their benefits. God forbid that should happen, BUT, when it’s time to vote for a pay raise for themselves, miraculously, the state will have the funds for that. Bunch of morons, just like his predessor.

  89. william morrisIII says:

    state goverment should not pay school budget, school make enough money their own budget,teachers make to much money now and don’t teach now, teachers should only get paid for what they teach they should not get paid for failing a child

    1. Richard` says:

      Spoken (and written) like someone who probably got failed. Or should have..

  90. M.Daneils says:

    By the way–have a problem with those few still eligible??—why not look over your shoulder and see who will standing in line for YOUR job .

  91. STFUalready says:

    Some of you sound pretty ignorant. Why don’t “y’all” go home to your double-wides and proudly buff your semi-automatic weapons, wave your confederate flags and leave these kinds of discussions to people that have enough education to insightfully comment on public education…

    1. You need a hug says:

      Ingnorant? You just threw out a few right-wing stereotypes and then bemoan the lack of other peoples’ educations. While you sit on your liberal life-guard tower and blow the whistle of the left wing to alert everyone of the dangers of sand on the beach, I will continue to polish my guns, read voraciously, and pray that the end of liberalism in Pennsylvania is near. Hate to have to join the continuing population decline in the Pittsburgh region, but it is almost time to go.

      1. typo says:

        * ignorant. oops. i know, insert comment about my public school education here. sorry.

  92. joe s says:

    give the man a chance HE WILL DO JUST RIGHT.

    1. Tommy Jefferson says:

      He may not get much more of a one term chance. If nothing else, I admire his courage. He may not have committed political suicide, but in one fell swoop, he has alienated millions of voters…teachers, people who were on Adult Basic Health Insurance, anyone whose job is dependent on the success of Penn State, University of Pittsburgh, Temple, and all the other 9 or 10 state colleges, janitors, maintenance workers. It was once said that the Pennsylvania electorate is Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, (both strongly Democratic) with Alabama in between. I suspect PA will go back to a blue state in the next election.

      1. Ryan says:

        Tommy Jefferson, you just named all the groups that didn’t vote for him anyway, so I really don’t think he alienated anyone new here.

      2. Ryan says:

        By the way, Fast Eddie ruined AdultBasic. Look it up. It was so damaged it couldn’t be saved.

  93. CAJ says:

    Why can’t I find any stories on the KDKA website about the Lieutenant Governor’s 75% budget increase or information about spending money on his mansion and his swimming pool??

  94. marshal says:

    what we need to do is cut th esize of our state legislature and cut their exuberant pay get rid of their mansions, limos, vacations healthcare and other perks they rake in to get rich off taxpayer tab

    if we did such a thing not just statewide but for our entire country we wouldnt be in debt.

    these shysters got fat and rich off our hard earned cash.

    our politicians live like a spoiled trust fund child with daddys credit card

    they charge it and we pick up the bill

  95. rajusingh says:

    state aid for education must not be cut

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