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Part of that story includes the rescue package Corbett outlined Sunday for Philadelphia’s financially beleaguered school district, though parts of that too, still await legislative approval.
The governor told The Inquirer he backed a plan that would help raise $140 million for the School District in the next fiscal year to help prevent the doomsday scenario district officials have said would unfold without financial assistance. The district faces a $304 million deficit and has sent layoff notices to 3,859 teachers and staff.
But the governor was banking on more than just an on-time budget this year. Facing reelection in 2014, and trying to turn the tide of sagging poll numbers, Corbett had pushed an aggressive agenda and urged legislators to address it together with the annual budget.
Our illustrious and soon-to-be ex-governor, Ed Rendell, has announced that only 100 Commonwealth employees will be laid-off as a result of the “budget” passed by the state legislature which counted on money before it was allocated. Always a bright move!
Fortunately, so many people retired that it cut the number of employees needing furloughed from 1,000 to 100.
Rendell is proposing more spending cuts and taxes to make up for the budget shortfall he and the legislature created by including federal stimulus money in the budget before it was approved on Capitol Hill.
Looking forward to January 1st! We won’t miss ya Ed.
Looks like no state layoffs this week according to our illustrious governor Ed Rendell. Governor Rendell had targeted 700 jobs to be furloughed last week but that number may be less due to attrition. What a difference a week makes?
Why are layoffs looming on the horizon (you might ask yourself) after we approved a state budget on time, no less. It seems we counted some chickens yet to be hatched to the tune of $850,000,000.00 dollars. Opps! We bad. We included this amount in the state budget for Medicaid assistance even though Congress has not approved the money at this juncture.
Don’t be surprised if this money is not forthcoming and then watch the ants scramble.
This is news! Pennsylvania will have a budget on time for the first time in years! The new budget will be $28 BILLION dollars.
Overall spending was increased less than 1% and no increase in sales tax or state income tax. Guess Harrisburg finally got the message!
Pennsylvania is expecting to receive $2.7 billion in federal economic stimulus money. Without this money further cuts and tax increases would be necessary.
Spending was increased for healthcare and education.
Agriculture, conservation & natural resources, labor and industry, environmental protection, libraries, the governor’s office, state parks and state health care centers had their budgets cut between 6.9% – 11.7%.