Killing WAMs popular with local legis...

Killing WAMs popular with local legislators, but they await details

There are 1 comment on the York Dispatch story from Mar 8, 2011, titled Killing WAMs popular with local legislators, but they await details. In it, York Dispatch reports that:

State legislators representing York County mostly support Gov. Corbett's proposed 2011-12 budget, which would honor his pledge not to raise taxes and balance the state's budget by cutting or freezing funding to programs to address the state's $4.1 billion deficit.

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#1 Mar 9, 2011
From Democracy Rising PA

WAMs
Since the 1970's, Pennsylvania lawmakers have claimed an increasing amount of the state budget for what were nicknamed WAMs, which stands for Walking Around Money. In 1995, after the state Supreme Court upheld a unanimous Commonwealth Court ruling that declared WAMs to be unconstitutional, WAMs were re-named Legislative Initiative Grants.
But they're still WAMs, and they're still illegal because they violate multiple sections of the Constitution, just as they did in the 1990's. Now amounting to as much as $750 million a year in the state budget, WAMs are granted through a secret process that doesn't allow citizens to know how decisions are made about who got the money, for what purpose and why others who are equally in need of state funds and equally deserving of them received nothing.

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