Pennsylvania families can't afford this budget

Earlier today, Governor Corbett's office released the following glowing statement about his budget:

"A Welcome Change."

That is how one commentator recently described Governor Corbett's 2012-13 proposed budget.

From all over Pennsylvania, people and organizations are voicing support for the Governor's budget. The Sun Gazette described Pennsylvania as "being boxed into a fiscal corner," forcing the Governor to make tough decisions. The Patriot News called the Governor's plan to reform foster care a "win-win situation." The Reading Eagle praised the budget for its continued phase out of The Capital Stock and Foreign Franchise Tax.

The budget has been described by job creators and business leaders as close to perfect. The Pennsylvania Manufacturers' Association called the budget a "commitment to fiscal discipline, pro-growth policy." The National Federation of Independent Business called it a "solid fiscal blueprint for Pennsylvania." At Penn State University's College of Agricultural Science, the budget was greeted as "excellent news."

Here's how I would have written it:

"Plenty not to like"

That is how one commentator recently described Governor Corbett's 2012-13 proposed budget.

From all over Pennsylvania, people and organizations are voicing shock at the unnecessary cruelty of the Governor's budget. The Harrisburg Patriot-News said that "too much of his budget proposal relies on cutting funding that the poor and needy depend on." The Philadelphia Daily News worried that "we will all soon see the impact of the shredded safety net in this city: more people on the streets, and likely, more crime."

The Erie Times-News criticized the budget in an editorial titled "This budget might be too painful," saying that "Corbett is wrong to boast that he's holding the line on taxes" since cuts at the state-level just mean increased taxes at the local level. In an editorial a few days later, the newspaper specifically criticized Corbett's assault on food stamps, saying that "this safety net is being snipped just as the economy starts to recover."

The writer of a letter to the editor to the (Oil City, PA) Derrick understood the devastating effects this budget would have, too. "My husband said, “Pennsylvania kids had better grow strong backs.” They won’t get strong brains with the governor’s proposed budget."

Corbett is fond of saying that Pennsylvania can't afford new spending. But the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's editorial board pushed back on this, saying that the Marcellus "Shale drillers got the better part of the deal" by escaping serious taxation. Even the reliably right-leaning Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's editorial board couldn't come up with a nice thing to say about the budget.

Pennsylvania families can't afford this budget.

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