As Pennsylvania Governor Corbett tours some of the state’s agriculture fairs, he’s being lauded for his decision to keep funding for fairs level this year.
At the Elizabethtown Fair in Lancaster County this week, an emcee introduced Tom Corbett as the governor who delivered on a campaign promise not to cut fair funding.
For the past three years, state funding for agricultural fairs has been reduced by three quarters.
Corbett says his decision was an easy one. “They already suffered their cut,” he said. “They were one of the first people that lost a great deal of money, and it was diverted elsewhere. So, you know, I thought there was no further need to go here.”
In the months since Corbett signed a budget, Democrats have been quick to point out how much school districts have suffered due to budget cuts.
Corbett chalks up those reductions to a lack of federal stimulus dollars. He says he’d like to restore the money, just like he’d like to restore fair funding, but he’s at the mercy of a bad economy.