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Corbett willing to negotiate on Pennsylvania budget, but...
HARRISBURG - Arguing that no Pennsylvanians - not even schoolteachers and their pupils - are recessionproof, Gov. Corbett said Wednesday that despite a recent uptick in revenue, his administration will think long and hard before rushing to restore steep cuts proposed in next year's state budget.
Corbett said that he understands some people are unhappy with the $27.1 billion budget he proposed for the fiscal year that starts July 1, which calls for slicing millions of dollars for higher education and sharply scaling back programs for the poor, elderly, and disabled. He said he, too, dislikes making such cuts.
But he said he wanted to proceed cautiously, even in light of recent news that the budget shortfall this year is less than originally predicted: about $300 million instead of $719 million.
Even with that fiscal breathing room, Corbett said, he does not want to leap to the conclusion that the numbers signify an economy on the permanent mend.