With his budget address fast approaching, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett said Wednesday he was still tweaking the spending proposal. Asked about his budget plans, Corbett said it’s difficult. “The present budget was balanced with one-time federal stimulus money. That’s not there. It’s not coming,” said Corbett Corbett said the private sector, families, nonprofits and others have had to tighten their belts over the last two years. “We didn’t,” said the governor. “We didn’t.”
“When you have a budget that grew $7 billion over eight years, when a recession took place that’s the worst recession since post-World War II and probably since the Depression, I don’t know how we did that,” he said.
“And we’re going to have to account for that now,” he said. Corbett, who said Pennsylvanians don’t want to see tax increases, said the recovery is fragile and will be gradual.