PA State Budget Analysis

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio1020 KDKA)  – Gov. Tom Corbett’s state budget has drawn a mixed reaction from Pennsylvanian’s statewide.

Cuts to education have been the primary news maker, but there are a number of other areas, within the new budget, that will also effect the average citizen.

Sen. Jay Costa joined KDKA Radio’s Larry and John to offer his analysis.

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  1. sam says:

    what happen to the 17,000 autos to be cut

  2. David says:

    Cut some more ! and get the state out of Teachers Pensions ! It is the number 1 reason for Bankrupting the Local Governments !

  3. Ted says:

    No it’s not, try the 10 billion a year this state spends on wellfare.

  4. shawn wilson says:

    or try the 3 trillion dollars spent on war agaisnt mass distruction

  5. Scott says:

    Three top funded prograns of the PA Budget

    1) Education–where we teach our children to work and be productive

    2) Welfare-where we pay for those who choose not to be productive

    3) Penal System- where we feed and house those that choose to be counterproductive

    Tax Incentoives to bring manufacturing back to PA—didn’t see that as a line item–oh–there are 27 Economic Development Firms funded by WHAM Money and staffed with relatives of politicians.

    A Democratic State with Union Mentality– don’t you love their leaders’ strategic planning!

    1. Sean says:

      My daughters do not go to school to learn how to work!! They are not widgets!! I send my daughters to school to learn the content, knowledge and skills to be functional in a society that is global and ever changing.

  6. govisgay says:

    but they never cut gov. perks what gov.

  7. NPgh Progressive says:

    Scott:

    In respsponse to your: “Welfare-where we pay for those who choose not to be productive” commment.

    Ever meet an adult with an intellectual disability? Guess what the largest portion of the welfare budget is spent on? These individuals that were born with no ability to work, sometimes can’t talk, and sometimes can’t feed themselves.

    Sure sounds like a ‘CHOICE’ to me.

    1. Zoeyzotron says:

      NPGH – Thats what disability is for, not WELFARE. SCOTT is right. Welfare should be for a WORKING person that is just not getting by. If you have been on welfare for 5+ years with no job, it should be cut.

  8. Chute Pagaglio says:

    Privitize the state Goverment. There not doing there job. They can’t pass any bills because theres to much red tape. All they do is Argue with eachother. Also lets make the pepole that have kids pay for their own Education expenses. Release the burdon of unfairly taxing the Property owners who don’t have kids.

    1. Judy says:

      re: property owners & taxes…I agree! Don’t have kids, Majority of ppl w/ kids are on welfare & live in pub housing…pay no taxes, no contribution to their upkeep but maybe minimal rent pmt…but we are footing bills for them! Also, they should crack down on drug activities & make the dealers pay for the things property owners are paying now…

      1. MYRNA PRATT says:

        you are so right. they live on welfARE BECAUSE IT IS AN EASY WAY OF LIFE THEY CAN POP OUT KIDS AND NOT CRAWL OUT OF BED TO GO TO WORK. SO WE THE WORKING TAX PAYER AND HARD WORKING PEOPLE ARE FOOTING THE BILL. MOST JOBS REQUIRE A DRUG TEST IF U GO FOR WELFARE U SHOULD BE REQUIRED TO TAKE A DRUG TEST AND IF YOU FAIL THEN NO WELFARE I WORK IN A GROCERY STORE AND THEY SELL THEIR FOOD STAMPS FOR MORE MONEY TOO BUY THEIR DRUGS NO SCHOOL TAXES AND FREE MEDICAL I AM TIRED OF PAYING FOR LAZY PEOPLE GET A JOB MOPPING FLOOR DIGGING DITCHES AND CLEANING UP THE STREETS AND ROAD SIDES.

  9. Gerald Marra says:

    Gov Corbett is certainly backing up his promise to reduce spending in PA and reducing the cost to the tax payers. Now Gov. Corbett how about addressing the salaries of all Pa government leaders, state cars and teachers pensions. Are these groups immune to your cost cutting objectives? Everyone in the state of Pennsylvania must make the sacrifices you are telling us that we must do to get our budget in line. We are counting on you!!!

  10. Get a Job says:

    NPgh Progressive, I know about 10 people on welfare (about half are my extended family) and not one of them fits your description. Each and every one of them are capable of working, but they all would rather sit around and watch tv and play video games all day – even the ones that are 40. I know there are truly needy people on welfare, but the majority of them could work. What percent fits into your description – 5% max?

    I work with someone right now that could be full time and even get overtime, but insists on only working part time so it doesn’t cut into what is given to them. (Heaven forbid you would have to actually support yourself given the opportunity!) If they would toughen the standards to weed out the people that just don’t want to work and then give more to the truly needy, I’d be fine with that even if it did not save any money. Guess what? I don’t want to work either, but I have been doing it for decades – sometimes two jobs at a time..

    Scott is pretty much right on the mark.

    1. MYRNA PRATT says:

      their are some that do need help but a majority are able bodied but just won’t work when they can get it handed to them. i know quite a few in my town one has 4 kids she sells her food stamps 100 dollar worth for 50 dollars and goes straight for her drugs they complain when they have to pay 1.00 co payment and the perscription is free and my co pay is twenty dollar and my medicine is 44 dollars and i work for a living as social security does not give me much and they get more in cash medical and food stamps what is wrong with this picture our govennor need to worry more about the tax payers and the elderly not the lazy when they even admitted on the news about all of the fraud on welfare hah

  11. Mill Hunk says:

    Corbett can’t make all these changes overnight, Rendell’s spending has been out of control 8 years. Besides the education cuts are Federal monies that the school districts knew were going to run out but choose to ignore. Now every group is using children, disabled, safety, etc. to try to force the State to re-establish the funding. I ask where is the monies going to come from, and don’t think a tax on Shale is going to cover the 4 Billion Debt left by Rendell. I’ts time we have to man up and face the consequences of bad judgement and mispending. By the way. April 14th is tax day, you work from 1/1/11 to 4/14/11 to cover the State, Federal, local taxes.

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