The LuLac Edition #979, Oct. 19th, 2009
One week from Today The LuLac Political Letter will be hosting our Controller’s Forum. The event will be at Bentley’s, the old Kozy K in Ashley on the way to Mountaintop. I am pleased to report that all three candidates, Walter Giffith, Robert Morgan and Wil Toole have agreed to participate. The debate/forum format will be:
1. Opening statements.
2. 3 Lead off questions.
3. Questions on the job itself and how the candidate’s perceive their role in it.
4. Audience questions submitted on index cards.
It’s free and open to the public. Monday night, October 26th, 7 to 9PM, Bentley’s.
Senator Bob Mellow in case you might not have realized it was instrumental in getting this budget deal solved. It was Mellow on PCN that indicated the thing went on too long and many insiders in Harrisburg are crediting the Lackawanna County veteran Senator with getting this budget issue solved. Here are some highlights from the Senator's web page on what transpired:
Funding was restored for child care, autism, attendant care, and other social service programs. Hospitals saw more than $208 million restored in state and federal cuts. Funding for veterans’ homes was restored to the governor’s proposed level of $82 million in an effort to prevent those who served from having to be turned away and to help prevent jobs from being lost.
The state’s budget deficit could not have been predicted. Regardless of the dire circumstances and extreme challenges it created in crafting the 2009-2010 budget, finding a solution took too long. To those impacted by the budget logjam, I extend my apologies.
I think this plan, with more than a billion dollars in recurring revenue, is a sound agreement that will see us responsibly through this recession into better times.
$300 million increase in the Basic Subsidy for Education.
More than $1 billion in new recurring revenue is included to balance future budgets with NO broad-based tax increase and no arts tax.
Restores more than $60 million in community, economic, and job development programs.
Restores more than $50 million in funding for child care, autism, attendant care and other social service programs.
PHEAA Grants to Students is funded at $403.6 million, a reduction of $3.9 from last year, but a significant increase from what was set forth in earlier spending proposals.