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Republican Legislators Voice Support for Corbett Budget

By Jessica Marinaccio, Contributing Writer

Governor Tom Corbett’s budget plan for the 2011-2012 year is creating a stir. The $27.3 billion plan certainly stays in line with GOP-encouraged fiscal policy such as avoiding tax increases and instead cutting spending, and PA Republicans have been vocal in their support.

State Rep. Dan Truitt

Eric Smith of the Daily Local News has insight into GOP reactions to Governor Corbett’s proposals. Noting that the expenditures for the budget are only a 3% decrease from last year, Smith states this allows Corbett to at least hold his promise from his no tax increase campaign.

He quotes State Rep. Dan Truitt supporting Corbett saying, “This is a tough budget that outlines the state’s economic challenges honestly…I am pleased that Gov. Corbett acknowledges the job-killing power of excessive taxes, and I applaud him for reversing the years of unbridled spending that marked the previous administration. We must now dig through the details to make sure all the right choices have been made. When we finally pass a budget it must be one that encourages economic growth while cutting the waste and inefficiencies that have clogged the system. This appears to be a solid start.”

Similarly, Republican State Representative Curt Schroder not only approved of the budget, but gave his two cents regarding Corbett’s call for pay freezes by public workers and commented, “They better cooperate lest they risk being subjected to Scott Walker-style justice that we have witnessed in Wisconsin.”

Fellow State Rep. Walter Kampf, has also publicly approved of the budget by releasing a statement in agreement with the plan. The Lancaster Era’s Tom Murse also found Pennsylvania lawmakers who concurred; “No new taxes. Restrained spending. A focus on jobs — I see it as a win for the working folk,” he quoted State Rep. Scott Boyd as saying. Furthering Corbett’s budget praise, State Rep. John Bear was also cited as saying that the governor’s message was on point.

And well for Corbett that they do. His cuts will require a great degree of party solidarity if they are to pass into law.

2 Responses

  1. In addition to the largest percentage cuts to education ever proposed, Corbett is planning to gut the regulatory system by appointing his coal baron buddy and campaign contributor as the permit czar, empowered to ignore any law that might actually restrain the despoilment of our environment and protect the health of us peasants.

  2. HOORAY!!!!! THEM REPUBLICKINS R THE BESTS, NONE THAR NEEDS THE BUDGET SPENDING!!! SCREWWWW THE EDUCATIONS NAD GO FOR THE BUSINEESS THAT WE NEED JOBS!!!!

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