Friday Podcast: Principles for a Better State Budget

Next week, Governor Corbett will unveil his first state budget. It will outline a spending plan for the next fiscal year, but really it sets a course for the Commonwealth's economy and priorities for years to come.

So it is critical that the Governor and Legislature take a forward-looking approach to this budget with a focus on job creation and long-term economic success.

The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center and PennFuture teamed up to produce a new report setting forth key budget principles to promote a more prosperous Pennsylvania.

Overall, we believe Pennsylvania should spend every tax dollar wisely and effectively, but we don't want a state budget that sets back the economic recovery, puts children and seniors at risk, or shifts more costs onto local taxpayers.

In this brief audio clip, I discuss the principles we are endorsing for a better state budget.

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Jan Jarrett, President and CEO of PennFuture, explains in the next brief audio clip why a cuts-only approach to the budget will hurt job creation. She also lays out some of the choices Governor Corbett and lawmakers will face with this budget, including the choice of enacting a Marcellus Shale gas drilling tax — something that a large majority of Pennsylvanians support.

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Finally, both Jan and I talk in the next clip about why a balanced approach that includes cost-savings and new revenue is the best way to stay on track with job growth.

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