HARRISBURG, March 8, 2011 – – State Sen. John P. Blake today released the following statement in reaction to Governor Tom Corbett’s proposed $27.3 billion budget.

“While I commend Governor Corbett and his staff on the hours spent crafting this spending plan, I would be remiss if I did not express my deep concern about the massive and crippling budget cuts proposed to proven, successful state programs and services.

“In a recession, job creation and targeted investments are essential to our economy rebounding and this proposal jeopardizes any and all progress we have made in recent years.

“Across the board cuts may very well appear to save the state money in headlines, but cutting the budgets of programs that are producing incredibly positive returns on our investment can only hurt Pennsylvania’s long-term financial health.

“At all corners of the state, jobs remain scarce while the cost of living continues to skyrocket. Now is not the time for the General Assembly to turn our backs on the most vulnerable citizens and cut the programs upon which they rely to live in dignity.

“As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I look forward to debating and analyzing every line in the budget over the next few months to make sure we protect our investments and do what is best for the people and the small businesses that can put our economy back on track.”

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