Corbett defends budget's deep cuts

Corbett defends budget's deep cuts

There are 136 comments on the Lebanon Daily News story from Mar 29, 2011, titled Corbett defends budget's deep cuts. In it, Lebanon Daily News reports that:

Gov. Tom Corbett returned to his teaching roots Tuesday as he defended his 2011-12 proposed budget.

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Frankly - your irrelevant

West Mifflin, PA

#121 Apr 3, 2011
Benjamin - frankly wrote:
Thank you for proving my point.:)
"Civility costs nothing, and buys everything."
- Mary Wortley Montagu
Wow, what a pretentious and sophomoric retort; I'm embarrassed for you... I really am!

And a false civility buys you nothing but contempt.
Frankly u r right

United States

#122 Apr 3, 2011
Frankly - your irrelevant wrote:
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Wow, what a pretentious and sophomoric retort; I'm embarrassed for you... I really am!
And a false civility buys you nothing but contempt.
Pretentious is an understatement.
Observer

Lebanon, PA

#123 Apr 5, 2011
BAD CORPORATE HIGHMARK wrote:
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I mean gee they made a profit, but they employ a pultry 10,000 Pennsylvanians
Highmark has more than 10,000 employees in Pennsylvania. Highmark has about 5,000 employees in the greater Harrisburg region, most of whom work at the company's corporate center in East Pennsboro Township.
shame on them eh whackjob?
So, that means they can rape the their policyholders? Taxes are cheap compared to what they charge their members. Despite making exorbitant profits, they continue to raise their rates. This is exactly why health care reform is needed.
Just one more member of corporate America who have been given free reign to gouge the public. But, of course, it's okay as long as they employ a lot of people.
who kares

United States

#124 Apr 6, 2011
if only washington would take over the health care system? THEN THE 10S OF MILLIONS OF HEALTH CARE WORKERS WOULD GET GREAT GOVERNMENT WAGES AND BENEFITS..instead of a swiss cheese cheque an unfortunate cluster pfuc of benefits. ditto wal mart .
BAD CORPORATE HIGHMARK

Quarryville, PA

#126 Apr 6, 2011
Observer wrote:
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So, that means they can rape the their policyholders? Taxes are cheap compared to what they charge their members. Despite making exorbitant profits, they continue to raise their rates. This is exactly why health care reform is needed.
Just one more member of corporate America who have been given free reign to gouge the public. But, of course, it's okay as long as they employ a lot of people.
Then go to another company if high mark is so bad... oh wait, does the 2500 page health care horror novel allow companies to compete outside of state lines?
BAD CORPORATE HIGHMARK

Quarryville, PA

#127 Apr 6, 2011
who kares wrote:
if only washington would take over the health care system? THEN THE 10S OF MILLIONS OF HEALTH CARE WORKERS WOULD GET GREAT GOVERNMENT WAGES AND BENEFITS..instead of a swiss cheese cheque an unfortunate cluster pfuc of benefits. ditto wal mart .
OMG you must be sarcastic? You want the govt to "run" a company? Our govt who spends billions if not trillions more then it takes in?

Get serious. What does the govt touch that isnt screwed up?
Observer

Lebanon, PA

#128 Apr 6, 2011
BAD CORPORATE HIGHMARK wrote:
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Then go to another company if high mark is so bad... oh wait, does the 2500 page health care horror novel allow companies to compete outside of state lines?
That's exactly what is happening. After proposing a 30% increase to one large group, another quote came it at less than the Highmark cost for the current coverage. Now, Highmark wants to refigure it's price.

The problem is that there has been too much absorption and merging of companies designed to limit competition. Just like with the banks. When the banks were prohibited from operating in large geographic areas, banks were solid and demonstrated good business practices. When the laws were changed by Reagan and/or ignored by Bush, we ended up with the economic crisis of 2008.
Anonymous

Suplee, PA

#129 Apr 6, 2011
Observer wrote:
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The problem is that there has been too much absorption and merging of companies designed to limit competition. Just like with the banks. When the banks were prohibited from operating in large geographic areas, banks were solid and demonstrated good business practices.
Absolutely! So many companies, in so many different industries, have gotten so big that competition is a joke. Yet, these gigantic companies are somehow more patriotic and American than the middle class. When will they be held accountable for their actions?
An Observation

West Mifflin, PA

#130 Apr 7, 2011
Benjamin - frankly wrote:
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Absolutely! So many companies, in so many different industries, have gotten so big that competition is a joke. Yet, these gigantic companies are somehow more patriotic and American than the middle class. When will they be held accountable for their actions?
When we get the money outta politics, and restore a few moderates in the GOP! Neither, unfortunely, is very likely.
yes sir

Houston, TX

#131 Apr 7, 2011
I agree
lampman

Canonsburg, PA

#132 Apr 8, 2011
Gov. Terrible Tommy Corrupt and his bought and paid(to him) psysophants has found his "riche". Time to line those pockets and get out of Dodge, before the state goes "postal".
An Observation

West Mifflin, PA

#133 Apr 8, 2011
lampman wrote:
Gov. Terrible Tommy Corrupt and his bought and paid(to him) psysophants has found his "riche". Time to line those pockets and get out of Dodge, before the state goes "postal".
I think you meant to say Whorebutt's "psychophants."
John Shlong

Anonymous Proxy

#134 Apr 8, 2011
OMG wrote:
He also advocated "stopping the master's bump," which he said in some districts gives teachers who earn master's degrees a pay increase of $20,000.
SO MY KIDS AREN'T GOING TO BE TAUGHT BY PEOPLE WITH MASTER'S DEGREES? ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR MIND? THE EDUCATORS THEMSELVES ARE BEING DISSUADED FROM GETTING ADVANCED DEGREES IN WHAT THEY TEACH?
Is this white haired idiot on CRACK?
Maybe we shouldn't financially reward doctors for continuing THEIR training either. I'm sure they probably don't learn anything new in those "pointless" training sessions they attend about new techniques and treatments.
In fact, we should just abolish master's degrees altogether. And doctorates. Forget them - I'm sure they are a giant waste of time.
I'm no expert, so I don't think anyone else needs to be either!
Yeah, education run by educated educators is definitely a bad idea, Tommy Boy. WHAT AN IDIOT.
Teachers are overpaid cry babies.
Cuts justified Pgh Future

Pittsburgh, PA

#135 Apr 12, 2011
The recession has forced consumers and businesses to pursue greater value – lower cost and higher quality – in everything they do. With less discretionary income, consumers have had to seek out higher-value products and services. This, in turn, has forced businesses to find more efficient methods of production while maintaining or improving the quality of their products and services.

The public sector is now facing the same kinds of challenges the private sector has faced – how to deliver effective public services with dramatically lower revenues. Facing a $4.1 billion budget deficit – a 14% shortfall –Governor Corbett has proposed significant cuts in many state programs, particularly education.

Although the Governor’s proposal would increase the amount of state tax revenues for K-12 education by nearly a quarter billion dollars (2.6%), the net effect on public schools is a $1.3 billion cut because schools will no longer receive $1.5 billion in federal stimulus funds that Governor Rendell had used to substitute for state funds. Although that sounds like a big cut, it represents less than a 6% reduction in total school spending, just slightly more than the increase which had occurred over the past two years.

Many education advocates would like to see more state funds allocated to offset these cuts, but their energies would be better spent helping schools do what hundreds of manufacturing businesses and other firms have done over the past two years – reinventing themselves to deliver greater value at lower cost.

Pennsylvania’s public school systems are hardly models of efficiency or high value. Public schools in Pennsylvania spend nearly $13,000 per pupil per year, 17% more than the national average. Yet they don’t deliver above-average results; the National Assessment of Education Progress found that fewer than 1/3 of students in Pennsylvania’s schools are proficient in basic skills, barely above the national average, and Pennsylvania high school students have the 9th worst college placement test scores in the country. While it is commonly believed that more spending on education leads to better results, the opposite is true in many cases. Indeed, some of the best performing schools in the Pittsburgh Region spend significantly below-average amounts of money.

A 6% reduction in total school spending would still leave schools spending well above the national average. The quality of education could be preserved or improved if the state revises the funding formula so that poor schools don’t face disproportionately large cuts, and if schools eliminate inefficiencies rather than cutting important programs like kindergarten. Only 75% of current school expenditures are actually used for instruction; the other $5 billion goes to administrative overhead, sports, and other non-instructional programs. In this year’s school board elections, voters should seek out candidates who are committed to make these kinds of changes.
Crap

Harrisburg, PA

#136 Apr 12, 2011
John Shlong wrote:
<quoted text>Teachers are overpaid cry babies.
Over paid? 30-40,000 is overpaid for a position that requires a bachelors degree? What world are you living in? Sounds like you're a crying because you chose not to become a teacher if you think they're paid so well. Next time you should make some better career choices for yourself.
Republiturds

Latrobe, PA

#137 Apr 12, 2011
Republicans are sheer evil. How long will it take the working class to realize this fact. They have been waging war on the working class for well over 100 years and this latest garbage began with that lunatic Reagan, and now they want him on mt. Rushmore. They are sick in the brain.

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