Gov. Corbett signed an incomplete budget into law last night raising spending by over $700 million over the last fiscal year. It also includes yet another round of tax cuts for businesses ($300 million) while cutting services and programs for the poor. We continue prioritizing prisons over schools so twenty years down the road we won’t have an educated workforce to keep businesses in the state and our young people will be forced into burglary and prostitution for existence. Those prisons will come in handy then.
Though the Senate passed both a transportation bill and Medicaid expansion the House refused to go along with those priorities. They are expected to strip the Medicaid expansion out and so there really, actually is NOT a budget as yet. The Governor’s promise of a balanced, on time budget was not kept. That actually requires agreement between the House and Senate, something still being worked on today July 1st.
Republicans in Harrisburg kept school board members quite busy all June attempting to hammer out austerity budgets for schools in the face of $2 billion in lost revenues from the Commonwealth. When you add the billion Corbett and his cohorts in the legislature cut and the billion they’ve siphoned for failing charter schools we see teachers, support staff and curriculums being cut statewide while local property taxes rise at the maximum rate. You’re paying more for less and those conservatives you keep electing because they want to end your property taxes are the ones sending them through the roof. Stupid is as stupid does and stupid is continuing to vote for these idiots. They won’t pass any tax increase because then they can’t campaign on continuously cutting taxes.
News flash: taxes are the price we pay to live in a civilized society. Civilized societies don’t sacrifice their children’s futures on an altar of personal greed.
Meanwhile all of Corbett’s major initiatives for this budget failed: liquor privatization, gutting public pensions and selling off the lottery. A Republican Governor with a GOP controlled legislature, again, could not get his agenda passed.