PA State Budget http://wesa.fm en Breaking Down Corbett's Budget Proposal http://wesa.fm/post/breaking-down-corbetts-budget-proposal <p>Governor Tom Corbett delivered his fourth budget address Tuesday, calling for more than $900 million in additional state spending over the current fiscal year.</p><p>A sizable portion of Corbett's roughly three percent increase in state spending would go to education. Is this year's version of the governor's budget really the "pivot point" that <a href="http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/office_of_the_budget____home/4408/charles_zogby/461439">Budget Secretary Charles Zogby</a> is calling it?</p><p>Pittsburgh Tribune-Review capitol reporter Brad Bumsted points out that the budget has supporters and critics. <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Pawlenty">Senator Tim Pawlenty</a> showed support for the budget plan by declaring the latest speech as the best budget speech of Corbett's tenure. But how does Corbett plan on completing this budget plan without raising taxes?</p><p>According to Bumsted, “his budget director says its by anticipating 4% revenue growth with a number of one-time fixes and continuing fixes. But some of the things he is counting on requires approval outside of his control." Wed, 05 Feb 2014 23:43:57 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 23929 at http://wesa.fm Breaking Down Corbett's Budget Proposal Corbett Proposes an Additional $10 Million for PA's Pre-K Program http://wesa.fm/post/corbett-proposes-additional-10-million-pas-pre-k-program <p>Gov. Tom Corbett Tuesday announced an additional $10 million in funding for Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts.</p><p>“Every child in this state should be, ready to learn, ready to grow, ready to succeed, and my budget sets an agenda in that spirit,” Corbett said.</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 17:20:49 +0000 Liz Reid 23867 at http://wesa.fm State Budget Passed by Deadline, No News On Most Pressing Legislation http://wesa.fm/post/state-budget-passed-deadline-no-news-most-pressing-legislation <p>Following a “bad weekend” with the <a href="http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2013/06/gov_tom_corbett_gets_budget_bu.html#/0">collapse of his agenda</a>, Governor Tom Corbett signed a nearly $29 billion <a href="http://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/48182083/2013-14%20Governors%20Executive%20Budget%20CD.pdf">state budget</a> Sunday night.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/breaking-news/index.ssf/2013/06/gov_tom_corbett_signs_off_on_p.html">Controversial issues </a>including liquor privatization and allocations for transportation funding remain in the Legislature until the fall, prompting a close examination of these pressing topics and the motivations behind both parties in both the House and Senate.</p><p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 19:52:55 +0000 Katherine Blackley 12400 at http://wesa.fm State Budget Passed by Deadline, No News On Most Pressing Legislation