Pa. Governor Corbett Defends Budget

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett defended his budget in Pittsburgh Friday.

He says that for the past few years, the state has been spending more than it has taken in.

“The budget that we’re operating under right now is underwater – it seems to be an appropriate term right now here in Pittsburgh,” he said.

Corbett said school districts have to cut budgets and freeze salaries – not raise property taxes.

“The teachers, the school administrators, the school employees across Pennsylvania – it’s a tough year, take a freeze,” he said. “If they all take a freeze, that’s $400 million.”

Corbett said it was not unfair to treat Marcellus Shale corporations better by not taxing them or reducing business taxes.

It’s all about jobs, he said.

“Are you going to start a business, come to Pennsylvania when other states have a much better business tax climate to go to?” Corbett said.

The governor disputed paying his staff more than his predecessor and he wouldn’t tell the legislators to take a pay cut or pay for benefits.

“That’s their decision,” Corbett said.

KDKA Political Editor Jon Delano: “You’re leaving it up to them? You’re not going to tell them to?”

Corbett: “I can’t tell them to do it. You know that.”

Reporter: “You could put it in your budget address, no?”

Corbett: “Jon, you know I can’t tell them to do it. Put on your political hat.”

But Corbett reserved his strongest words for universities like Penn State for threatening tuition increases.

“They’ve got $3.5 billion. Why would you put it on the backs … of the students and scare the students and the parents without saying, ‘Wait a second. That means we have to cut 4 percent – not 50 percent – 4 percent of our operating budget. Let’s go see if we can do that first before we start talking about tuition increases.’”

Corbett, a member of the board of directors at Penn State, criticized the fact that the next board meeting for the university is going to be held in New York City at the Helmsley Hotel, suggesting of course, this was another way Penn State could cut dollars instead of raising tuition.

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  1. Mark C says:

    Where is all teh casino revenue going? Why isn’t PA taxing shale drilling like every other state? Is it because the gas companies contributed so much to Corbett’s election? I had my hopes that Corbett would be more of a stand up man unlike his predecessor.

  2. Joe says:

    Corbett got booed LOUDLY at the Pittsburgh Power game.

  3. redrock100 says:

    yet another loser governor. never mind education funding. as long as big business gets to keep more of their money.

  4. ven says:

    Hypocrisy-the state of pretending to subscribe to a set of values, beliefs, virtues, opinions while having another.

  5. motherof3disabled says:

    We are lacking in the education dept, as it is. Then we have an increase of diabled children entering school. Let’s just take more money away from our chldren, who by the way are the future of this country, and depend on us completely for their care. Then, you have not one but two mansions, fully staffed. How about cutting it down to one, make the Lt. Gov. live in his own house and take care of it himself like any other self-respecting, hard-working person would do, even being as busy as we are.

  6. Bob Wright says:

    Hitler thought he was right too……..Hope you MORON YINZERS are happy….electing this bum……

  7. motherof3disabled says:

    Also, make the state gov. reps & senators pay for their health care. I have to pay a large portion of my own, and I will be paying more again soon. Their per diem is too high. When you add the per diem along with base salary, they make close to $140,000. Do they pay state wage tax like everyone else? They work less days a year than I do. I not only have a full time job, I am a widowed mother of 3 disabled children. Do you think the state could give me a house to live in with a full staff and have everything paid for to make it easier on me?

  8. motherof3disabled says:

    Don’t raise the taxes. We cannot afford any more. We need to start looking at the government officials who line their pockets everyday to give concessions. Why is it that everyone else needs to give back until there is nothing left to give, while the ones in power don’t have to make those kinds of sacrifices? Somewhere along the way, greed took over. It has to stop. Start looking at the top to give for a change, instead of making the little, poor guy give what he don’t have.

  9. sammy says:

    I can’t tell the legislators to cut their pay….put your political hat on……what ever happened to your thinking cap…….He put his political hat on with not taxing the Marcellus and now with mostly republicans in Harrisburg, he has put it on again by not asking fellow fiscal conservatives to also share in PA’s pain. If every legislator gave up his/her per diem and instead, lived in a dorm style building PA would save huge amounts of money.

  10. Dorothy Singler-Morris says:

    YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOUR SELF. I THOUGHT YOUR MOTHER RAISED YOU BETTER. ALL THOSE PAY RAISES AND PERKS SHOULD GO TO THE PEOPLE. THE PEOPLE ARE GETTING POORER WHILE THE LEGISTRATION ARE GETTING RICHER.. YOU SAY UNEMPLOYMENT IS SLOWLY GO DOWN. I THINK IS SAID ONLY BECAUSE YOU WANT TO JUSTIFY YOUR PAY RAISEDS. I THINK THE PEOPLE SHOULD START FIGHING BACK. GET THESE LOSERS OUT OF THER JOBS AND PUT REAL PEOPLE IN OFFICE WHO TRULY DO CARE ABOUT THE EVERY DAY PEOPLE. SHAME SHAME ON YOU MY BIG “C”

  11. sammy says:

    All of PA needs to think about “put your political hat on” next election cycle.

    1. hwright says:

      !!!!!AMEN!!!!!!

  12. sammy says:

    Because the republicans let the drilling companies pollute the water…..

  13. Joe M. says:

    And I thought your racist comments were stupid! Who is “Redel”? You’re a moron

  14. Joe M. says:

    Every registered voter who believes that the leadership in Harrisburg is wrong by cutting public education yet keeping all of the perks for themselves needs to contact their State Reps. and State Senators. It’s so easy to do via e-mail.

    As for taxing the drilling, if the drilling companies want to drill (and they do deperately) they will pay the tax. It’s not like they can go to Ohio and get our resources that are here.

  15. Corbo says:

    Another republican corporate dik-licker

  16. motherof3disabled says:

    Hey critter, no one wants more taxes on individuals. Talk about entitlements, they are increasing the number of staff working in their mansions and increasing the staff paychecks to well over $100,000 a year. I could use some help, is Harrisburg going to pay for it? Don’t think so. Joe M., please let me know how to contact the leadership. I would appreciate it. Thanks

  17. BILL C says:

    HERES A THOUGHT CUT YOUR PAY CUT YOUR BENIFITS PAY YOUR OWN BILLS DRIVE YOUR OWN CAR PAY FOR YOUR CHILDRENS COLLEGE PAY FOR YOUR MEALS AND ACTUALLY WORK A 16 HOUR DAY TO MAKE ENDS MEET LIKE THE REST OF THE POPULATION OF PA DOES

  18. redrock100 says:

    Corbett for President. Get rid of “lazy” people.

  19. critter says:

    Corbetts staff is still less than Rendels even with the increase. All u wimp democrats. read my lips. THERE IS NO MORE MONEY

    1. critterredrock100whiskey6lickballs says:

      are you willing to fight a “wimp” democrat then?

    2. RECALLREPUBLICANS says:

      “THERE IS NO MORE MONEY” to put in my pockets I NEED YOURS
      Oh I am sure you will see how strong the democrats are come election dont you worry! Thought the Republicans learned their lesson from the BUSH DICTATORSHIP. guess not

  20. tootsoon says:

    Want education funding? Pay for it like i did, freeloader.

    1. sammy says:

      When you paid for your education, if you went to a state university, the state picked up 1/3 to 1/2 of your tuition. Students today are not asking for more than what you got when you went to school. By the way, if you went to a community college, the state picked up 1/3 and the county picked up 1/3. Unless you went to a private college, you did not pay for your education all by yourself.

      1. Zoeyzotron says:

        Most higher education is Private Sammy.

        Furthermore, why should we pay more. believe me, these universities can CUT SOME SPENDING. They live high off the hog.

      2. sammy says:

        Universities do not live high off the hog. Workers at Pitt make a very very modest salary and they have to pay for their healthcare and they have a 403b for retirement, not a defined pension plan. I hope that whatever you do for a living is not affected by potential layoffs of Pitt employees as Pitt is the largest employer in Pittsburgh. In addition, if students drop out, all of the businesses around Pitt will loose. Penny wise and pound foolish.

        Not all education in this area is private. You have students in this region who attend Pitt, Cal U, Slippery Rock, IUP and Penn State Branch campuses. In addition, the Community College system is not private. You really need to do some research about this before you post.

    2. Zoeyzotron says:

      SAMMY – WELCOME TO THE RECESSION. The rest of us have been in it for two years… I am very happy that you have not had to feel the pain until now, but for me and my family it started two years ago. So please donot be so selfish. This state is in debt, badly. Spending has to be reduced drastically. Corbett did not cut enough. Its never popular to make cuts, but it needs to happen. and don’t tell me Universities don’t blow through cash. I am a proud alum of a PA school and I can tell you they spend TONS… new building that are not really needed… comes to mind first. this is a recession, “nice to haves” must be put on hold.

      1. hwright says:

        tell me why polititions are recession proof????

  21. Bob McQuistion says:

    WEnet Corbett reducts his staff and takes a huge pay cut, this I will start to beleive in him. Until then he is shut ssshooting off him mouth

  22. jh says:

    This state all about the politicians ,big business and poor. The politicians get aneasy life, big business make sure its easier for them and get whatever they want. The poor get everything they need and want handed to them from food,heat,housing,cars and whatever else they need so most of them can sit on there lazy ass all day . Its all on the middle class. WE ONCE HAD RONALD REAGAN, JOHNNY CASH AND BOB HOPE. WE NOW HAVE OBAMA,NO CASH AND NO HOPE.

    1. sammy says:

      Reagan declared ketchup to be a vegetable for school lunches. Reagan busted the unions and during his reign the mills closed down in mass. He also rang up a huge deficit and spent money on clandestine military operations in El Savador. He went on to support the Taliban in Afghanistan. He made some big mistakes. Just because he is dead, does not mean that he is a saint. Now, I can agree with Johnny Cash and Bob Hope.

      1. Zoeyzotron says:

        He was the best president this country has had in 100 years. Hands down.

  23. sammy says:

    Social security and Medicare are for the lazy? Really, I guess you will forgo all of yours when you are old enough to collect it – if there is any left. What do you call corporate welfare that started back in 2007?

    1. Zoeyzotron says:

      oBama bailed out GM, make no mistake. it was a strict payoff to his union buddies… and a DISGRACE! GM should have been left to fail.

      1. sammy says:

        As the banks should have been left to fail. But whoops we forget that all of our pensions are tied in that mess. The problem with letting big entities fall is that they take others down with them. Unless you were willing to pay more for social security to compensate for NO PENSIONS then you cannot complain. I did not like that Bush started the bailouts but it was necessary to save the life savings of those who invested – many unknowingly through their 401k plans.

      2. Zoeyzotron says:

        I did not say banks. Bush was right to save the banks.
        Pensions? What is a pension…. Sadly pensions will fail. They are unsustainable.

      3. little_guy says:

        Dear Zoeyzotron,

        You did make a mistake.

        Bush bailed out GM and Chrysler NOT Obama.

        For your reference and consideration…the following is a link to the New York Times article, “Bush Aids Detroit, but Hard Choices Wait for Obama.” http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/20/business/20auto.html

  24. Zoeyzotron says:

    My only complaint is that he did not cut enough. There is still a deficit. CUT MORE!!!

    1. sammy says:

      I agree, they need to cut the tax breaks big time. The legislators need to loose some perks and salary as well. The drilling companies need to pony up.

      1. Zoeyzotron says:

        I was thinking WELFARE. Cut what tax breaks?
        I do agree however that the legislature should also be cut. It would be peanuts in the scheme of things but symbolic indeed.

  25. Russ says:

    Pitt is receiving millions of tax payer dollars, yet only 36 per cent of their medical students are from PA. the balance from foreign countries. Why should we pay for their eduication ?

  26. Rizzenman says:

    Its simple Economics at play here. There is no money to keep spending forever. Of course the takers never want to stop. They can’t see the big picture whereby we are destroying our nations future. Cuts have to be made and they hurt.
    Yes, they must cut everyone, not just the average person. It’s a crime that it has come to this but we must blame ALL the politicians not just one side. That is how they let us divide ourselves. They are ALL to blame! If Rendel was in for four more years we would have a 20 billion dollar debt instead of the 4 billion he left us. He and his cohort (f both parties) behavior was Treasonous in my view.

  27. dr. michael says:

    All things aside, the guy has to do something to get things under control. Government spending is out of control. It seems that no one squawks until someone steps up to take control, then everyone is a economic expert. Give the guy a chance and perhaps it will surprize us all.

  28. Bob Smith says:

    The reason why the governor doesn’t want to tax the Marcellus Shale corporations is because he received over $900,000 in campaign donations from those corporations.

  29. Car says:

    As a student, I do not know what to think about it all.

    I attend Penn State University, a school which will be hit hard by the budget cut… President of PSU, Graham Spanier recently held a conference concerning the issue:

    http://bit.ly/f77BrW

    What do you think?

  30. truthprevails says:

    This Governor Corbett has got to be one of the biggest hypocrites ever. Take care of his buddies in the legislature and his new appointees and cut wages and benefits for unionized workers, that’s fair!!! Also cut funds for education when our children are falling behind other countries in educating our children, that makes sense. Cut corporate taxes and don’t tax Marcellus Shale companies, that makes sense. Let companies use the Delaware Tax Loophole to avoid P.A. taxes, that makes sense. Make Governor Corbett a one and out before he ruins the whole state for the working class.

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