Blake, Local Leaders Discuss Potentially Catastrophic Impact of Budget Cuts

MOOSIC, February 17, 2012 – – Taking a short break from Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearings currently underway in Harrisburg, state Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today hosted municipal and school district officials from the 22nd District for a wide-ranging discussion on the local impacts of the cuts proposed in Governor Corbett’s 2012-2013 budget and other pressing legislative issues.

“This was another opportunity to hear from those I represent on what they believe will be local impacts of the education and human service cuts proposed by the Corbett Administration,” Blake said. “I share with these local stakeholders the same concerns and the same goals for the future of Pennsylvania and for the citizens of my district.  I hold this annual legislative breakfast at this time of year so I can be fully informed on the true impacts of the state budget on families and communities in Northeastern Pennsylvania and so I can see through the disconnect between the Governor’s words and the numbers presented in his budget. The decision makers on the front line in our communities and in our schools know better than anyone what will happen if the Governor’s current budget proposal is signed into law.”

More than 70 local officials and school administrators took part in Blake’s legislative breakfast, which was held at the Greenwood Hose Company on Birney Avenue in Moosic.

Blake began the two-hour interactive discussion with a briefing not only on the Governor’s proposed state budget but also the implications of the recently adopted – and, as Senator Blake described, “woefully misguided” Marcellus Shale impact fee law as well as discussion on the legal issues surrounding legislative redistricting in Pennsylvania.

 

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