Gov. Corbett Defends Education Cuts In Clairton

CLAIRTON (KDKA) — He was touring a high-tech business in Clairton, but with charts and graphs at his side, there was no question Governor Corbett came to defend his budget – especially the cuts in education.

The governor says some school districts need to consider big changes.

“Frankly, I think school districts around the state are going to have to start taking a look at can they continue to exist?” Corbett said. “There should be a consolidation or a merger somewhere.”

The governor admits his plans are not popular. He acknowledges his poll numbers have sunk, but he’s not surprised.

“When you make change, people react to it – some positively, some negatively,” he said. “They’re reacting to a very difficult budget proposal.”

On other topics, Corbett declined to talk about his request that some unionized state employees take a 4-percent pay cut. Others in the state, including his staff and the Legislature, got raises.

“Paul, I’m not going to answer that question,” Corbett said. “We are in negotiations. I promised the unions we would negotiate in good faith. We will negotiate in good faith.”

And the governor defends his plan to not tax Marcellus drilling, but says he believes impact fees to pay for environmental damage are necessary.

As for the governor’s remarks on school mergers, there’s a move afoot by some school districts in our area to do just that.

The Carlynton School District is calling for some other districts to hold informal talks about a merger. The Keystone Oaks School Board agreed to take part in those talks.

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  1. Melissa Kent Hunter says:

    Here we go! He got a raise?

    1. Nancy Silvia says:

      This Governor is not FOR education – he is against it. Who educated him or his children!!!????

  2. concerned resident says:

    Cut education, let qualified teachers go and give your staff a raise, buy custom leather chairs at 1000.00 each, use to publishing companies instead of one, raise legislators pay, hire two pro photographers.
    Cut kids programs. That’s the way to cut the budget, right ?
    We need a gov. that knows what he is doing. Repeal this one. His approval ratings have tanked since the new budget. The people have spoken. Take action now.

  3. INDEPENDENTS ROCK says:

    GOOD JOB GOVERNOR BETTER THAN FAST EDDIE .
    GOVERNOR REMEMBER WHY REPUBLICANS AND INDEPENDENTS WON IN THE FIRST PLACE 1. CUT OUT OF CONTROL SPENDING
    2. REPEAL THAT COMMUNIST HEALTHCARE BILL

  4. THE SCHOOL DECIDES says:

    THE GOVERNOR DOESN’T DECIDE WHICH PROGRAMS GET CUT ONLY A DOLLAR FIGURE.
    THE SCHOOL DISTRICTS DECIDE THEN THEY BLAME CORBETT

  5. Mom says:

    I back Governor Corbett.
    Everyone wants money handed to them. Every program has taken money from the Commonwealth. These programs expect that money to always be handed to them, as much as they want.
    Look at it this way – Let’s say you work for a company that gives out bonuses. Every year you get a bonus, every year more money is added to that bonus because of inflation. You’ve set your budget on those bonuses. Then one day a recession hits and the company cannot continue to hand out bonuses to everyone. If it does, the company faces closing.
    This is what is happening with the Commonwealth’s finances. Every program has received monies and expects to continue to receive it. The Commonwealths budget can’t afford to continue to do this with the state the budget is in.
    The budget has to be put back in line. Gov. Corbett will do this!
    School district mergers sound a lot better than Pennsylvania merging with Ohio or New York or Maryland, etc… leaving Pennsylvania ceasing to exist.
    I have little ones in school, I am in college, and I am a taxpayer. I know the new budget Gov Corbett is implementing will affect my livelihood. We all need to stop being spoiled brats and step up to the plate.

  6. Mom's son says:

    Mommy, I’m a taxpayer, too. Cutting money for education is pennywise and pound foolish. The University of Pittsburgh was a major factor in the City continuing to function when the steel industry collapsed.

    By the way, Mommy, I went to college, but your state taxes never paid for my education. I studied at the University of Wisconsin.

    Ed Rendell was the best governor of PA during my 22 years of living in Pittsburgh.

    1. LOL@EDDIE says:

      LOL @ FAST EDDIE RENDELL LEADER OF COMMIE INCORPORATE.
      HE HELD UP THINGS LAST YEAR WITH THE STATE BUDGET CAUSING WORKING PARENTS TO FIND OTHER CHILD CARE SOURCES, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THERE’S NOT ENOUGH SPACE TO LIST THEM ALL.

  7. TotallyDisgusted says:

    How can anybody defend/ justify all these cuts and pay freezes- BUT the governor and members of congress get a RAISE? Where’s the logic in that? What makes their jobs so important that they feel they deserve a raise? All they do is sit around and point fingers at the opposite party! I’m beyond fed up with it all! Our government is a joke! Facing a shutdown, federal workers and ACTIVE DUTY service members would go w/o pay- BUT the president and members of congress will still collect! How about they boot up and get out there and EARN those nice checks, by fighting in one of the many wars we’re tangled up in!

  8. PG says:

    If you think that Ed Rendell was the best that Pennsylvania could do, then you need to go back to Wisconsin. Eventually somebody needs to make the decisions that need to be made without kicking the can down the road for some other time. Now is the time. Are you blind or do you just choose to ignore the state of the economy here in Pennsylvania and across the country. We cannot continue to afford the spending that has been going on. Rendell spent money like a drunken sailor, making groups (unions) happy for the benefit of a few votes( probably more votes than voters). The time is now. Despite the fact that people think that the government has an endless supply of money, the money has to come from somewhere. The spending is greater than the hard working “tax payers” can provide. This means that there are more people sucking the life out of the state than the people that bust their buts on a daily basis can provide for them. This cannot continue. The fact of the matter is that public education is a joke and the government keeps throwing money at it and it just gets worse. Why is it that a charter school can educate students with a higher graduation rate than public schools at one third the cost?
    People are too dependent on the government for their daily bread.
    Ed Rendell did a nice job of racking up 5 billion in debt.

  9. TotallyDisgusted says:

    Talk about WHY they got a raise!!! Where did that money come from? Why is the governors mansion getting renovated? If everybody else is feeling the pinch- why shouldn’t they? If they can agree on giving their selves a raise, there’s no reason they shouldn’t be able to agree on a budget that’s in the best interest of the citizens!!!

  10. Mike says:

    I’m a current college student and wouldn’t mind paying a little extra for my education. I support the governors intentions to get Pennsylvania back on track. This country needs to learn that we can’t keep spending money we don’t have.

  11. Sam says:

    It’s great the gas drilling companies get to go tax free and we have a governor who fights for their right to pollute if it makes his donors more money. Also education desperately needs to be cut in this state. PA is going to be so great!

  12. Shawn says:

    Corbett is a idiot

  13. Cost Controller says:

    I applaud the cut in education. Spending cannot continue like it has. School districts must find ways to manage costs, not just raise taxes. Everyone wants to control spending but dont want it to affect them. Keep up the good work

    1. Stop The Corruption says:

      Are you serious, Have you been at a school lately? Most schools run on a shoestring as it is. If we didnt have to pay so much for a bloated legislature in this state, schools would have more money. If we were to tax the gas drilling there would be plenty of money to go around. Unfortunately we are surrounded by corrupt and moronic leaders that are in bed witht he gas drilling companies. Tighten our belts, they shouldnt tighten up their own belts, 1 congressman per county in PA., that is all that is needed, Make them pay for their own health insurance and retirement like most every American has to. Stop the free ride for these bloated useless politicians.

  14. eazytime says:

    Corbett has gone to bed with the gas companies, even being so bold to restrict the inspectors by having them report first to his hand picked cronies. Tax that industry like other states do put 50% of that money for future problems and the other 50% for education. Look at the problems we are left withfrom coal mining, don’t think for one minute that drilling problems won’t be a hell of a lot more to clean up. Have fun with your new bed partner corbett, the gas industry.

  15. Mindpower says:

    “You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot help the poor man by destroying the rich. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred. You cannot build character and courage by taking away man’s initiative and independence. You cannot help small men by tearing down big men. You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income. You cannot establish security on borrowed money. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they will not do for themselves.”

    1. eazytime says:

      And your point?

      1. Mindpower says:

        Obviously over your intelligence level

    2. Stop The Corruption says:

      Ronald Reagan used thiis quote in a speech once, and attributed it to Abraham Lincoln, but it was not from him.

  16. TotallyDisgusted says:

    Members of congress are just like people on welfare! They get paid to do absolutely NOTHING!!! I don’t give a damn if they’re democrats, republicans, conservatives or liberals! If they can’t come together as a whole and agree on something as simple as a budget- WE obviously made a lot of wrong choices at the polls!!! Nice speech mindpower… Answer this- Who is being helped by renovating the governors mansion?

    1. Mindpower says:

      The construction workers, I pay taxes like the rest of you and get upset when I see the waste.

  17. Mr Soho says:

    I woould renovate if I was Governor just to get rid of the stink from Ed Rendell !!

  18. hwright says:

    Republican backed news brainwashing you people!! Great job KDKA

  19. FedUp says:

    I voted for Corbett to do exactly what he is doing, cutting spending without rising taxes. I agree that he should share the pain by cutting his own salary as well as that of his staff. I am all for a Marcellus shale extraction tax or impact fee or whatever it’s being called today. BUT it should be given/used by municipalities directly affected by Marcellus Shale drilling for remediation of roads, bridges, drainage, water supplies, etc. It should NOT be used to prop-up the failures of PAT or SEPTA or to allow our education system to continue their spending spree! It seems like people want to use any gas extraction taxes for everything from education to reducing teen pregnancies. Wrong!

  20. Rj says:

    If only Government could be like the working people; only spend what they have/can afford.

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