Conklin releases statement on Corbett's budget proposal
HARRISBURG, Feb. 3 –State Rep. Scott Conklin, D-Centre, released the following statement in response to the $29.4 billion budget plan proposed by Gov. Tom Corbett during a joint session of the state legislature today at the state Capitol:
"This budget proposal is not a plan of attack. It is a plan that attacks working Pennsylvanians.
"I am concerned that this plan is nothing more than a continuation of shell games that the governor started three years ago by using robbing Peter to pay Paul tactics. Moving funds around like that does nothing but shortchange those who need help the most.
"Over the last few years this governor has given big businesses over $2 billion in corporate tax breaks. Now we've come up short in the areas that matter most: education, job creation and health care.
"Today we're ranked 48th in job creation. We're at the bottom of the barrel and I don't see a plan from the governor to pull us up. The way to do that is invest in schools by restoring his $1 billion in cuts, expand Medicaid to insure those who need coverage and make corporations pay their fair share," Conklin said.