State Budget Crisis: It Doesn`t Have to Be This Way
8/18/2009
After signing a budget last week to pay state employees, Governor Rendell is back on the road again, making his case for higher taxes and higher spending...and predicting dire consequences if he doesn’t get it.

In fact, the governor’s own actions are having dire consequences right now because he chose to eliminate funding in the budget for vital programs: 

• Many child care providers serving low-income families across the state are at risk to shut down due to the lack of state support.
• Parents who can’t find alternatives may be forced to quit their jobs to care for their children.
• Parents forced to quit could end up on unemployment or welfare, which ultimately costs the taxpayers more.
Most Pennsylvania child care providers are small, family-owned and operated businesses that may not be able to recover even after a budget is passed.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

The governor chose to line-item veto funding for
• child care services,
• as well as county programs,
• school districts,
• veterans services and more, for leverage in his fight for more spending and higher taxes.  His actions are irresponsible and not in the best interest of this Commonwealth. 

The children, families and small business owners of Pennsylvania should not have to suffer while we work out our differences.