HARRISBURG, Feb. 4, 2014 – State Sen. Larry Farnese today said Gov. Tom Corbett is attempting to hoodwink Pennsylvanians with his farcical $29.4 billion budget proposal for 2014-15.

“The governor claimed today that ‘Pennsylvania’s comeback’ is underway. Regrettably, it’s not true. Too many school children and working class families continue to suffer from the draconian budget cuts of the past three years,” Farnese said.

Farnese said he was especially displeased by the governor’s proposed education budget, which includes a one-year, $241 million competitive block grant but does not address the structural disparity in funding for the Philadelphia School District.

“We need more than a one-time election year promise,” he said. “We need a real change in the funding formula for Philadelphia and other struggling districts to make sure that our children get their fair share of funding and the education they deserve.

“The governor has repeatedly cut education funding while prioritizing corporate tax cuts to the tune of $1 billion. Yet, Pennsylvania has fallen to 48th among all states in job creation and has suffered a 180,000 job deficit relative to the national economy. Clearly, his corporate tax break plan isn’t working,” Farnese said following the governor’s budget address to a joint session of the General Assembly.

Farnese said he also remains displeased with the governor’s lack of consideration in joining dozens of other states that have accepted the federal government’s invitation to participate in Medicaid expansion.

“It’s a fact that bears repeating: by simply expanding Medicaid, Pennsylvania would save $400 million, receive an infusion of billions of dollars in federal funds and provide new jobs for 35,000 Pennsylvanians.

“Senate Democrats have a budget and savings plan that would address the existing inequities in education funding, job creation and Medicaid expansion,” Farnese said. “The governor should follow it instead of further hurting struggling Pennsylvanians.”

Senator Larry Farnese was first elected to the Senate in 2008 to represent Pennsylvania’s First Senatorial District which contains some of Philadelphia’s most unique and vibrant neighborhoods from Port Richmond on the Delaware River to Fairmount Park on the Schuylkill River and South Philadelphia, Center City, the Navy Yard, Philadelphia International Airport. Senator Farnese serves as the Democratic Chair of the Communications and Technology Committee. He is also a member of the Appropriations Committee, Banking and Insurance Committee, and the Judiciary Committee. His District Office is located at 1802 S. Broad Street in Philadelphia, PA (ph: 215-952-3121) and his Harrisburg Office is located at 543 Main Capitol in Harrisburg, PA (ph: 717-787-5662). More information about the Senator and his initiatives is available at www.senatorfarnese.com.

 

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