Education cuts in Corbett’s proposed budget

Reacting to Governor Corbett’s proposed budget cuts, members of Social Service groups rallied in Center City to call on the legislature to reverse the proposals. 

The protesters are concerned with proposed cuts to education. Sharmain Matlock Turner is head of the Urban Affairs Coalition. She said cuts in key areas would only result in increased problems, especially in poor urban neighborhoods.

“There’s going to an awful lot of pain out there for people in communities so we want to get everybody energized and ready to fight for what they believe in,” said Turner.

Turner said she hopes the Pennsylvania Legislature puts its stamp on the budget.

“They ultimately have a voice too so that we want them to hear what decisions are ultimately going to mean for people in communities,” she said.

Turner prefers cutting the corrections budget to invest in afterschool programs and educational opportunities.

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