Reactions to Gov. Corbett’s 1st Pennsylvania budget proposal

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Gov. Tom Corbett delivers his budget address for the fiscal year 2011-2012 to a joint session of the Pennsylvania House and Senate in Harrisburg on Tuesday. Seated left is Speaker of the state House of Representatives, Rep. Sam Smith, R-Jefferson, and Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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The budget proposal that Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett unveiled on Tuesday did usher in his much-ballyhooed “day of reckoning,” slashing state spending by 3 percent and raising no new taxes. Among the departments facing dramatic cuts are Education, with public schools facing a $1 billion cut and $650 million from Higher Education; the Department of Economic and Community Development, pegged for a $114 million cut; and many more. On today’s Radio Times, we take stock of what’s in and what’s out, and what the budget proposal reveals about the heretofore silent new governor’s priorities. Joining us to assess and analyze the budget proposal, and its implications for Pennsylvania, are SHARON WARD, director of the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center and a longtime champion of government spending in support of children, consumers and the environment; and NATHAN A. BENEFIELD, Director of Policy Research for the Commonwealth Foundation for Public Policy Alternatives.

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