spending

State Government Leaders Back in Harrisburg Rummaging for Funds

The General Assembly returns to Harrisburg this week in search of more than $2 billion to fully fund, as required by law, the $32 billion spending plan that was sent to the governor last Friday. The available options are all unwelcome: borrowing; more gambling; increasing taxes; shifting money between funds.

Ballooning Federal Government Cited in Washington Scandals

Governor Corbett continually cautions that we must restrain spending and keep government focused on its core functions. This is a lesson often missed in Washington.

“There’s a direct correlation between government size and spending and infringement on rights,” said PMA Executive Director David N. Taylor. “That’s why Governor Corbett repeatedly mentions the need for keeping government powers under control.”

The IRS scandal is a symptom of a government whose spending and need for control is itself out of control.

Corbett Budget Keeps Government Focused on Core Functions -- Restraint in Spending

Restraint in Spending

The Governor’s budget builds on his first two spending plans that combined to erase a $4.2 billion deficit caused by the recession and the end of federal stimulus money. It hasn’t been easy or painless.  According to his Budget Office, 260 line items in the annual budget have been eliminated since Governor Corbett took office.