Corbett's spending cuts may be painful
Democrat worries about education loss
By TOM MURSE, Staff Writer
Lancaster New Era
A telling scene late on Election Day: Tom Corbett, the Republican who had just been elected Pennsylvania's next governor, offered this glimpse of the future to his supporters.
"Look across the river," he said.
Meaning to New Jersey, to its own Republican governor, Chris Christie. To the man who swept into office after promising to close a $10.7 billion budget gap without raising taxes. To the man who called for deep cuts in spending on public schools and spiked the country's most expensive public works project, a rail tunnel to New York.
Corbett calls Christie a role model.
And if Pennsylvania's next governor is going to close what could be a $5 billion deficit next year without raising taxes, here's what the future holds for Pennsylvanians — pain.
Pain for public schools.
Pain for people who rely on social services.
Pain for county agencies that rely on state money.
Pain for everybody.