PA Partnerships for Children Lauds Investments in Education, Health Care
Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children President and CEO Joan Benso today made the following comments on Gov. Tom Corbett's 2013-14 budget proposal:
"Governor Corbett's spending plan begins to move Pennsylvania in the right direction when it comes to common-sense investments in our children, who are without question Pennsylvania's greatest resource.
"Budgets are ultimately about priorities, and with this budget, the governor rightfully recognizes that Pennsylvania's 2.7 million children must be a priority," Benso said. "He wants to invest more in programs ranging from pre-kindergarten to health coverage to K-12 education that will build our commonwealth's human capital. When it comes to economic development, that's the smartest investment we can make."
Corbett's budget proposal includes:
Benso also noted the budget includes a $90 million increase in basic education funding, which she termed a meaningful installment toward a larger, long-term investment to close the adequacy gap for public school districts.
"With the state's revenues improving, it is encouraging to see the governor propose increases – as opposed to cuts - in these critical, cost-effective programs," Benso added.
"When we talk about issues like building a competitive workforce, boosting economic development and ensuring a viable tax base for future needs, those conversations all start with our kids. With this budget, Governor Corbett is telling Pennsylvania's families and taxpayers that if we don't start making smart investments in our children, we have no future."