Corbett: Open to Spending More, But Not Protesters

GOV. CORBETT sounded open on Tuesday to spending more on the state budget that starts July 1 than the $27.1 billion he first proposed in February.

But Corbett dismissed the concerns of those protesting outside the Prince Music Theater, where he had his annual “conversation” with the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, saying that the state cannot attract the jobs they clamor for if it increases business taxes.

The state Senate last week approved an alternative $27.7 billion budget that restores some of the cuts Corbett proposed for public schools, state universities and public-welfare programs. The Senate justified the budget by noting a three-month uptick in the revenue collected by the state.

Click here to read the full article by Chris Brennan published in the Philadelphia Daily News (May 16, 2012).

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