(WBNG Binghamton) Pennsylvania's governor promises more money for schools and job creation as he unveils a $28.4 billion budget proposal.
Gov Tom Corbett's proposal includes a 2.4 percent increase on spending, which will not raise income taxes. This includes a $90 million increase in funding for local school districts, with nearly $11.5 million will be allocated for early childhood education. More than a billion dollars will go to special education and more than $200 million for community college funding.
Funding for state colleges and universities will stay at the current levels.
In the proposal, there's also an increase in the Children's Health Insurance Program and money for economic development and job creation efforts.
In addition, the proposal includes funding for three new classes of cadets for the Pennsylvania State Police. It would add 290 new cadets plus the state would hire 90 civilian police dispatchers.
"Two years ago, I talked about creating a brighter future for all Pennsylvanians. And, over the last two years, we have worked together to make that a reality," said Gov. Tom Corbett (R-Pa.) in his budget address. "We have worked together to bring spending under control. We have worked together to reduce taxes, putting more money in the pockets of our hard-working taxpayers and small business owners. We have worked together and learned that our potential is, and continues to be, greater than any challenge we face. Together we continue to seize every opportunity to create success which leads to more success and more success. We didn’t create our success by raising taxes. We created it by expanding our opportunities."
According to state Rep. Tina Pickett (R-Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna), the commonwealth is on the right track.
"I'm happy today to see us continue moving down some of those business taxes, to continue offering incentives for those jobs in Pennsylvania. We've been able to increase jobs--100-thousand jobs, that's significant. Pennsylvania has a lot of opportunity right now," said Pickett.