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Thursday, November 4, 2010

What Pennsylvanians Can Expect With New Governor

Corbett's spending cuts may be painful
Democrat worries about education loss

By TOM MURSE, Staff Writer
Intelligencer Journal
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.

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36 comments :

Anonymous said...

You wanna cut deficit??? Cut the government pay for all the politicians!!! That'll help. Quit taking it out on the ones who need it.

Anonymous said...

while that would make for a great symbolic gesture, it won't even begin to put a dent in the massive spending cuts needed. On every level of govt. we need to eliminate entitlements and mandatory participation in State and Federally imposed programs.

Anonymous said...

I guess in a perfect world, the governor would give more and take less. "Look across the river?!" Come on. Look at Pennsylvania. My heroes are the rural residents that make by with nothing. Even the "rich" small business owners trying to keep jobs in the locations they are in, in rural PA. These humble PA residents that do this day in and day out should be Mr. Corbetts heroes, after all, most of these people probably voted for this guy anyways. Oh well, it is what it is.

Anonymous said...

Cutting $ in many places will be painful, we do need to cut and this will be the only way. I look at many programs and wonder "why" do I see so many $ being abused. Yes, also the government officials need to look at their pockets and take some cuts or give up the perks handed to them. Time to tighten the belt on spending, the same way we do in our homes!

Anonymous said...

I agree, its time to be responsible and tighten the belt. Yes we are going to lose some handouts from the state. But if we don't have it-don't spend it! I do also call for a 25% reduction in career politicians pay.

Anonymous said...

Let's address a lot of the mandates that have been created by the state for various county offices, school positions, etc - if we first look at eliminating many mandates, we can save a lot of money!

Anonymous said...

Since Corbett is going to be acting Governor for Pennsylvania, in the next 4 years you will see Pennsylvania go further in debt. New laws will be added that are stupid, and pointless. He will soak up all the Money the Oil Companies are giving him. One line he will RUIN PA.

Anonymous said...

Wow. Didn't know we had that many Democrats that read this site. We need to cut, cut and cut more. Let the people who "Need" handouts go and look for a job as we did. It's time to STOP handouts. Thank God a Republican won the seat.

Anonymous said...

Talk is cheap, wait till we really see some action taken. Not many promises at election are followed up. Probably will get the same answers such as ''I don't recall'' or I can't remember'' that he used when questioned before. Regardless if republican or democrat once in office they go with the flow and line their pockets with your money.

Mad Mike said...

So, you as a parent, may have to spend more time assisting the education of your children. You may actually have to go get a job and support yourself rather than living off tax dollars. Now that tax season has arrived and the fact that I pay taxes...I did a little research. I won't name the specific area I live in but let's just say I'm a local. Thirty three percent of residents pay taxes here, the remainder pay minimal, or no taxes. Teachers are overpaid and the school board is comprised of people who are related or have some relation to teachers. Is that not a conflict of interest? What happened to teachers who did their job for the love of teaching? It's not reasonable to ask that this be accomplished for peanuts but let's get a grip on teacher salaries. Ask yourself if the quality of education has risen along with teacher salaries? Was it necessary to remodel and enlarge our schools when there wasn't the children to fill the classrooms? Did the state need to replace massive sections of guardrails on roads that you have to dodge potholes? Do you need to collect unemployment for two years or is just simple to do so? I'm not tired of working but I'm tired of working so others don't have too. I'm tired of schools and townships blowing our tax dollars to justify an increased budget. People who live and WORK in Potter county are used to living in a recession. It's the rest of the state, teachers, liberals, and people on the system who'll have trouble coping with the "fiscal discipline" our new governor will hopefully establish.

It's time gain your independence and stop relying on the state and working man's tax dollars.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if Mr. Corbett can make a deal with the untaxed oil companies to provide the Pa. citizens with heat for the winter at greatly reduced costs. That would help many folks.

Anonymous said...

Painful describes what the next two years are going to be like

Anonymous said...

How many of you have set foot in a school lately? Pay attention to the lack of technology and text books. No one can convince me that Coudersport schools are over paid and have too much money.

Time for a reality check folks. Spend more money educating our sons than buying guns.

Anonymous said...

Ditch welfare. If ya can't work, then drop dead.

If ya can work and can't find a job, go to Mexico. Looks like in a few years, they will have a shortage of workers there.

If that doesn't work, there is always the mob, drug dealing and prostitution.











Really now, there is too much greed from people that want it all for nothing.

Anonymous said...

Thinking back on all of those commercials I do not remember one that said "Vote for Corbett if you want pain." When he did the debates he did not say, "A vote for me is a vote against your library and a vote for much higher local real estate taxes after the state stops supporting local services." Schools, police protection, roads, libraries, and need I continue? Not a very honest campaign there Mr. Corbett! I guess I need to star walking the 2 miles from home to work because the money I spend for gas is going to have to be packed away for my higher local taxes.

Anonymous said...

Hopefully the first person he cuts off the tax roll is Dan Surra.

Anonymous said...

The states and Feds should cut all areas of their budget 'till they can't possibly cut any more. Then cut another 15%. My grand kids will still be paying our current debt. If you can't run a business, run for govt!!!

4NATGAS

Anonymous said...

12:13 said what I was going to say. All of the stupid commercials on TV and the junk mail in my mailbox did not tell it like it is: "Vote for me if you want pain and higher local taxes."
But two days after the election the truth came out. He was too busy with scare tactics like "Vote for Onorato and you'll have to take away your kids' assault rifle collection" or "Vote for Onorato and you'll somehow be voting for some California congresswoman."
We have been duped (as usual).

Anonymous said...

hahah amusing that you think teacher salaries are too high. I personally think the people working in a factory, in a brainless job are overpaid. If you think teachers should work for the love of the job, I think you should too. If you work at mcdonalds, i should pay you dirt and tell you that you love it. Give me a break.

Anonymous said...

Some of you need to step into reality. Potter County isnt representative of PA as a whole. Not even close. Teachers salaries are available to anyone seeking the information. Im not going to disclose where I live, but this school district has built a new Jr High, Sr High, and 3 Elementary schools in the last 5 years. Four teachers make....you ready? $85,000 a year! Ten make between $70-$80,000. You dont even want to know their pensions! The superintendent? If I told you you would have to call 911!

Anonymous said...

cameron county pays our brainless vice principal $70k a year. what school with that few kids needs a vice principal.

Anonymous said...

MadMike i was thinking the same stuff you said....i just have one thing to add...I work my butt off, am a single Mom who had a deadbeat ex-husband and I make the most out of my paycheck...just like most of the people i know...What really sets my blood boiling is standing behind someone who has a cart full of groceries that i wish i could afford and then whipping out the damn foodstamp card....I'm glad my son likes hotdogs and hamburger cause that is about all i can afford after bills, etc. They need to make these people go out and get some kind of a job....I would not be above pumping gas or bagging groceries.....i know quite a few people in my town who are 3rd generation welfare and it makes me wonder....WHY????????????///

Anonymous said...

mad mike

have you or do you teach? Have you been in a classroom with some of these kids? Do you have any idea what it takes to do this job? Remember, it's not the seventies! Teachers are more than a teacher now a days. Mother, father, baby sitter and doing this without the paddle or slapping the hand! under paid is what they are!!

Anonymous said...

Remember the old adage "be careful what you wish for?" We elected the Corbett (owned by the gas industry) team. The cuts will be painful, but the gas industry still won't be taxed and will continue its free ride here in Pa. Be assured that when the cuts come, there will be mass complaints. Everyone favors budget cuts until THEY are effected by them. When the bites are taken from education,police, senior citizens, etc., the howling will begin.

Anonymous said...

Are we apt to have reduced gas prices because these companies are drilling here now? Does anyone know?

steve said...

Lets see...Those welfare and food stamp dollars are mostly spent at local businesses. Eliminate them, and these businesses will have less business and less money to pay employees resulting in lay-offs of existing staff. Yep. Sounds like a plan to me!

Anonymous said...

Are we apt to have reduced gas prices because these companies are drilling here now? Does anyone know?

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Anonymous said...

I want to get rid of welfare too but...

I am a husband and father of 3 children all under the age of 6 years old. We live in a trailer that is PAID for in full with no help from assistance. I am the only source of income for my house-hold. I make just enough to pay the bills and clothe the family. But the catch is my family receives State health and food stamps. If I didn't get a little HELP from the state of PA then we would be up the creek without a paddle. I will also say that I make several dollars more than minimum wage. I get a little irritated when people say, "Those dead-beat welfare scum-bags should go get off their ass and find a job." The people that say this must be pretty well off to be able to say this because I get off my ass EVERY DAY and GO bust my ass at WORK. And, yes, I receive assistance. I would be willing to bet that there are a lot of families/house-holds that are in this similar situation..

There are a lot of people that are too proud to get a little help with making ends meet because they don't want to be classified as being in the same group of people that BRUTALLY ABUSE the assistance system. These same people that are too proud seem to me to spend more time whining about it than doing something about it.

Anonymous said...

Democrats or Republicans...doesn't matter. We are NOT going to see any cuts anywhere by ANY of them. A year or two down the road, you are still going to hear bitching about the way tax payer's money is being wasted. Wake up America! It's the nature of the greedy beasts! And, give me a break, "Welfare and food stamps"? How about getting the good old surplus food program going again? That way , you could monitor what they are getting and make sure they aren't buying junk and perhaps, using their foodstamps and welfare checks for booze and cigarettes. And MAKE most of those people
EARN what they get by going out and doing public survice instead of sitting on their fat asses with their hands out. I'm not talking about the elderly or ones that have true medical problems and CAN'T work either. Teacher's under paid? What a joke! All they do is complain about not getting enough money and then they have all of these teachers aides who do the work that one teacher used to do not so many years ago. More greed and laziness. This country needs to do a complete turn around and get back to the basics and SOON.

Anonymous said...

elected on tuesday hasn.t been 3 days and he is already a disgrace to the poor ,what a joke for a governor,

Anonymous said...

Wait a minute, we didnt need computers when I was in school? We went outside and learned about the real world. Some pretty intelligent individuals came from that. Why do we have to spend millions on new computers and software. Get a book, a good teacher and learn something useful. People whine about useless common sense things.

Anonymous said...

We're gonna be in deep shit if our enemies and so-called friends knock out our electricity. 99% of Americans (legal or illegal) wouldn't survive.

Anonymous said...

We shoulda took all the Pennsylvania campaign and applied it to our state deficit. But noooooooooooooooooooooo ...

Anonymous said...

11/05-2:02:00
You are one sick cookie!!!!!

Oz said...

11:18:00 AM
You are not a dead beat anything, you go to work every day!

There is a big difference between you and the ones that will not work!

I would much rather see you and your family getting a hand up because you do not expect a hand out!!!

You are the ones these programs SHOULD be for, the ones working but still need a little help.

Anonymous said...

Amen OZ, the people that play this system like a two bit harp make me sick. If you watch, most often their families have done this for generations. ITS PASSED DOWN! You out there know who I mean. If you dont need WIC, Medicaid, Welfare, etc... have a little decency and dont get it. If you do, do your part to pay back the hardworking people that help foot that bill for you!