In the wake of the governor’s budget address, Democratic state lawmakers are finding fault with even what the governor didn’t say. As one House member tweeted about the $27 billion budget plan: let the acrimony begin.
House and Senate Democrats say the governor’s planned double-digit cuts for higher education would force colleges and universities to up their tuition.Many also voiced their dismay at the lack of a grand proposal from the governor to fix the state’s underfunded transportation infrastructure.Representative Eugene DePasquale, a Democrat from York County, says he was looking for more detail on the matter.”What would clearly be the most bipartisan issue we could have in this legislature is increasing the investment in our roads and bridges,” said DePasquale. “It would put Pennsylvanians back to work at a good wage and prepare our infrastructure for the future. It is amazing after over a year in office, the most we got out of him was three sentences.” Corbett said in his budget address he would send a detailed plan to the legislature soon, but the budget isn’t the place to address such a multi-billion dollar problem.