Corbett's Cuts

CLEAR Assessment of Corbett's 2012-13 Proposal

 

Assessment of Governor Corbett’s 2012-13 Budget Proposal by the Numbers

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Cuts to Higher Education

Governor Corbett cut higher education by$245 million in his first year as governor. In Governor Corbett’s second year he proposes:

  • Cutting $183.6 million, a 28 percent cut, from Penn State University.
    • Penn State will be cut by 42 percent in just two years because of Gov. Corbett’s first two budgets.
  • Cutting $95.2 million, a 30 percent cut, from the University of Pittsburgh.
    • University of Pittsburgh will be cut by 43 percent in two years as a direct result of Gov. Corbett’s first two budgets.
  • Cutting $97.9 million, a 30 percent cut, from Temple University.
    • Temple University will be cut by 43 percent in two years because of Gov. Corbett’s first two budgets.
  • Cutting $330.2 million, a 20 percent cut, for the 14 state-owned universities in the State System of Higher Education.
    • The State System of Higher Education will be cut by 34 percent in two years as a direct result of Gov. Corbett’s first two budgets.
  • Cutting $221.9 million, a 4 percent cut, from community colleges.
    • Community colleges will be cut by 12 percent in two years as a direct result of Gov. Corbett’s first two budgets.
  • Cutting 10 percent to medical schools in PA.
  • Cutting $395.7 million, a 6 percent cut, in financial assistance for college students through the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency.
  • Cutting grants to students by 5 percent.
  • Cutting institutional assistance grants by 30 percent.

Cuts to Students

Governor Corbett cut basic education by $900 million in his first year as governor. In Governor Corbett’s second year he proposes:

  • Eliminating $100 million in accountability block grants for public schools. These grants are used across the Commonwealth to pay for full-day kindergarten.
  • Eliminating the School Nutrition Incentive program, this is a cut of $3.3 million that was used to fund healthy school breakfasts and lunches.
  • Cutting Pre-K Counts by $4.1million, a 5 percent cut.
  • Cutting Head Start by $1.9 million, a 5 percent cut. This program provides early-childhood education support to low-income families (family of four making $22,000 or less).
  • Cutting library funding by $2.7 million, a cut of 5 percent.
  • Cutting the Safe School Initiative by $2 million, a cut of 5 percent.
  • Cutting Adult and Family Literacy by 5 percent.
  • Changing the distribution of most basic education funding by creating Student Achievement Education Block Grant (SAEBG).  These block grants combine Basic Education subsidy with pupil Transportation, non-public & charter school transportation, and school employees’ social security.

Cuts to our most vulnerable citizens

Governor Corbett cut the Department of Welfare by $1.03 BILLION in his first year as governor. In Governor Corbett’s second year he proposes:

  • Cutting the total funding in the Department of Public Welfare by $29.6 million. However $766 million will actually be cut from the DPW programs. The DPW’s overall budget has required set costs that will increase, such as litigation, federal statutes and inflation,  to make up for theses set increases, Corbett cut $766 million from programs that help the 2.1 million people in PA that the DPW serves.
  • Cutting $300 million from the Medical Assistance program. These cuts are in addition to the 150,000 thousand people, including 88,000 children, that have already been cut off of medical assistance in Gov. Corbett’s first year as Governor of Pennsylvania.
  • Terminating $150 million in cash assistance program that helps low income people with a medically verified temporary or permanent disability who do not qualify for federal assistance.
  • Cutting $168 million, a 20% reduction, by consolidating seven programs through a block grant. Programs include: community mental health services, behavioral health services, Act 152 Drug & Alcohol, intellectual disabilities, special grants for county child welfare, and assistance for the homeless. Gov. Corbett claims the Human Services Development Fund Block Grant will allow counties more “flexibility” in spending. However there will be a reduction of $168 million for counties to provide services. So there is ‘flexibility’ in spending much less funds.
  • Cutting $170.3 million by changing Medical Assistance Eligibility Criteria for benefits. Changes in criteria include minimum work requirements for medically needy recipients, ‘tightening’ definitions of medical conditions, clarification of what medications are necessary for someone to work. 
  • Cutting hospital and nursing facilities reimbursements by $59million, a 4 percent reduction.
  • Cutting funding for Trauma Centers, Burn Centers, Obstetric and Neonatal Services and Critical Access Hospitals by 10%.
  • Cutting eligibility for General Assistance, these cuts will end health care for tens of thousands of chronically ill adults.
  • Increasing the monthly premium that workers with disabilities must pay for health care coverage through the Medial Assistance for Workers with Disabilities program, premiums could go up by 50 percent.

Cuts to Homeowners

Governor Corbett cut the Homeowners Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program (HEMAP) by 81% in his first year as governor. In Governor Corbett’s second year he proposes:

  • Eliminating ALL funding for HEMAP. HEMAP is a loan program that helps people who have lost their jobs and are facing losing their homes and it SAVES taxpayers, neighbors, local governments money in the long run.
  • Cutting proven, cost-saving programs like Accessible Housing that invest small sums (an average of $15,000) to for people with disabilities to stay in their own homes rather than entering nursing homes ($45,000).Housing accessibility is for people who have multiple sclerosis and want to live with their families and for people who have been injured in car accidents and lost limbs.
  • Eliminating all homelessness prevention programs and funding.Homelessness prevention is cost-effective, prevention for about $1000 saves about $20,000 a year on shelter.

Cuts to our Environment
Governor Corbett cut the DEP by 6.9%, the DCNR by one third, cut state parks by 41% and cut state forests by 51% in his first year as governor. In Governor Corbett’s second year he proposes:

  • Cutting $126.6 million, 8 percent cut for the Department of Environmental Protection.
  • Cutting DEP’s Watershed Protection and Restoration program by 78 percent.
  • Cutting $52.7 million, a 4.6 percent cut for the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
  • Cutting the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Community Conservation Grants by 71 percent.
  • Eliminating the Sewage Facilities Planning Grant program, shifting the burden onto counties who will end up paying more towards sewage disposal.

Cuts to Veterans

  • Corbett proposed cutting veterans homes by $6.2 million, a 6.7 percent cut and reduced 67 staff positions in veterans’ homes.

Tax Cuts to Corporations

  • Corbett gives away $275 million dollars in TAX CUTS for corporations through the continued phase-out of the capital stock and franchise tax
  • Major tax credit programs remain at current levels. 
    - Education Improvement Tax Credit- $75 million
    - R&D Tax Credit- $55 million
    - Job Creation Tax Credit- $10.1 million
    - Film Production Tax Credit- $60 million

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