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Corbett 2012-13 Budget, Full Text

Corbett 2012-13 Budget, Full Text

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February 7, 2012To the People of Pennsylvania:The 2012-13 budget I present today puts Pennsylvania on a path to prosperity again by aligning the commonwealth’sresources with the core functions and priorities of government: education, public safety, and individual responsibilityand opportunity.
The commonwealth’s nancial situation and the national efforts to address nancial challenges have provided theimpetus to truly align state expenditures with available revenue, using honest accounting and nancial projections. This budget closes a projected revenue shortfall of more than $700 million and controls state spending; it puts Pennsylvania ona solid scal footing to manage through the next several years of modest economic growth; and it prioritizes initiativesaround economic development, job creation, workforce training and public safety.This budget meets our key needs in a constrained scal environment, with no new taxes or burdens on families
and businesses. Most importantly, this budget begins to transform the way government delivers products and services
through greater use of block grants and increased exibility for recipients, streamlining of government agencies and proposed privatization of certain activities or services.In education, this budget signicantly enhances the commonwealth’s investment in basic education by providinggreater funding exibility to local school districts and allowing them to focus that funding on students and student
achievement.
In public safety, this budget reects the commonwealth’s commitment through level funding of the Department of 
Corrections and funding for 115 new State Police troopers. This support provides both agencies with adequate resources
and stafng to combat crime.
This budget is built to transform the public welfare system into a performance- and accountability-based safety net
for the truly needy. It is focused on individual and family responsibility and opportunity, along with a strong work ethic,as the indispensable ingredients for prosperity and a ourishing commonwealth. The cost-saving initiatives includedin this budget were all developed to ensure that limited resources are maximized and are available to those who need
the most help.
The best way for us to promote job creation and economic development in Pennsylvania is to carefully managegovernment spending. The 2012-13 budget continues my administration’s commitment to strengthen the nancialfoundation of state government and thus foster an environment of economic opportunity for all citizens.
As we enter a new era in federal, state and local government relations and responsibilities, there will be great
challenges ahead. This budget positions Pennsylvania to take control of its destiny – delineating the priorities of 
state government, forging a new relationship with local governments, and preparing for less support from the federalgovernment. I welcome the opportunity to guide the commonwealth in this promising new era.Pursuant to Article VIII, Section 12 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania, and Section 613 of the AdministrativeCode of 1929 (71 P.S. Section 233), I am transmitting to your representatives in the General Assembly my proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2012-13.Sincerely,Tom Corbett
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The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada(GFOA) presented an award of Distinguished Presentation to theCommonwealth of Pennsylvania for its annual budget for the fiscal yearbeginning July 1, 2011. This award is valid for a period of one year.In order to receive this award, a governmental unit must publish a budgetdocument that meets program criteria as a policy document, as an operationsguide, as a financial plan and as a communication device.
To view the Governor’s Executive Budget online or learn more about the Pennsylvania Office of theBudget, go to www.budget.state.pa.us.To learn more about the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, go to www.pa.gov.