Corbett cuts agencies’ spending amid news of lagging revenues

    With Pennsylvania’s revenues about $487 million below projections, Gov. Tom Corbett has announced plans to cut spending.

    The Associated Press reports Corbett has ordered state agencies under his control to cut spending by 3 percent for the current budget year. The plan is expected to save $160 million, along with $66 million from entities beyond Corbett’s jurisdiction.
    State police and other public safety agencies will be cut by 1 percent, state-related universities face 5-percent cuts and other agencies face cuts by as much as 10 percent. The cuts are being billed as a freeze, meaning the purse strings could loosen if the financial outlook gets better.

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