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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Rendell Says PA Will Get $5 Billion From Feds


Rendell: We Escaped a Disaster
By ANNE HOLLIDAY
WESB/WBRR News Director

Governor Ed Rendell said today that Pennsylvania will get close to the $5 billion in budget aid that he was counting on to help the state's financial situation.

The $790 billion stimulus plan, on which Rendell made his assumptions, is expected to be ready for votes on Friday.

During a conference call with reporters Thursday evening, Rendell said there will be no need for any more major cuts in his proposed budget, or additional layoffs of state workers.

"That's good news for Pennsylvania," he said.

Rendell also said more than 100,000 jobs will be created because of the stimulus. The White House estimates 143,000 new jobs. Without the money, he said, an additional 1,500 to 1,600 layoffs would have been necessary.

"It would have been a disaster for people and services and for Pennsylvania's jobs," he said.

He added that, without the federal money, the $50 million the state sends to its 67 counties would have been gone, which would have meant layoffs at the county level and "a significant reduction in county services.

Rendell also said there would have been significant cuts to state-related universities, museums and health care institutions, and the basic education subsidy would have been cut.

The commonwealth "pretty much escaped a disaster," he said.

Rendell also addressed Senator Judd Gregg's withdrawal as commerce secretary nominee.

"If it was transportation or energy, I would have felt some mild pangs," he joked, "but even then I would have resisted … the call, which, as I said, is not likely to come from the Obama Administration. Although they're more loosey goosey than I thought, as it turns out, so I maybe I would have fit in."

"Lord willing," he continued, "I'm staying until the third week in January of 2011. I feel a great responsibility to be here … to deal with this financial crisis that Pennsylvania has. … There are plenty of other people out there to be secretary of commerce other than me."

If Rendell did leave, Republican Lt. Governor Joe Scarnati would become governor.

Posted by Anne at 1490 NewsBlog Northern Pennsylvania's Political Authority

12 comments :

Anonymous said...

It may appear good for Pennsylvania, but Rendell is one of the major reasons we are in the mess in the first place. It also explains Arlen Specters "Yes" vote. They are all bought and paid for.

Anonymous said...

"If Rendell did leave, Republican Lt. Governor Joe Scarnati would become governor"...

We can only hope!

"Although they're more loosey goosey than I thought, as it turns out, so I maybe I would have fit in."...

No kidding, you got that right!

Anonymous said...

What is going to happen when all that money is used up for more "PORK' spending? That's right, we will be in the same position.

Anonymous said...

It's only going to last for so long, They should cut state employees by at least 30% to keep this from happening in another year, why should they keep there jobs and the people in the private sector left to fend for them selfs.
Self employeed and PISSED!!!

Anonymous said...

You must be self employed by choice? I work for the state by choice & believe me there are state employees out there who actually work!

Anonymous said...

i also work for the state, and please believe me when i say i pay taxes too.

the budget problem is not the result of the state being an "employer" its the result of the state being the money manager of tax and other revenues.

furthermore, i also see it as an issue more people needing to work, not less. more workers= more tax revenues.

Anonymous said...

There will still be State Employee layoffs.

Anonymous said...

should make the penn dot worker work for their money, especially in the summer time always seeing the crews setting under a tree or trucks parked down a dirt road and hanging out till time to quit for the day.

Anonymous said...

the more state employee layoffs the better. It will be much better for economy and all Pennsylvanian in the long run.

Anonymous said...

"furthermore, i also see it as an issue more people needing to work, not less. more workers= more tax revenues."

Agree, BUT from tax paying businesses, NOT tax paid salaries.

Anonymous said...

RENDELL APPEARS TO BE A FIRST CLASS CROOK!

Anonymous said...

You may complain about the penn dot crews, but there isn't a better sight during a snow storm on a cold winter night. and i do not work for penn dot