What stands out the most about Gov. Tom Corbett's $29.4 billion state budget?
No new taxes to eliminate a $1.2 billion deficit? No. A block grant program that would channel $241 million to school districts? No. The renewed push to expanded gambling with keno? Expanded natural gas drilling in state forests and parks? Mr. Corbett's crapshoot on pension reform? No, no and no.
What stands out the most, unfortunately, are the liberal lies about the budget, particularly that education grant program.
Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa, D-Allegheny, said Keystone State schools “are still struggling to deal with the governor's previous $1 billion cut to education.” That's a lie. Temporary federal stimulus money that too many school districts foolishly budgeted as permanent dried up. The Corbett administration has increased funding.
State Sen. Vincent Hughes, D-Philadelphia/Montgomery, repeated the lie. So, too, did Democrat gubernatorial wannabe John Hanger. It's the slanderous liberal talking point that has the half-life of nuclear waste.
Then there's that proposal to end the three-year ban on natural gas drilling. The Sierra Club was quick to condemn Corbett's plan “to sacrifice lands.” It's a lie by omission. State director Joanne Kilgour forgot to mention that because horizontal drilling from outside sites will be employed, there won't be any surface disturbances on those state lands.
Yes, there's plenty to debate in the governor's new budget. But “politics” should not be cover for lying about it.
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