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Time for A Taxpayer’s Budget
CF identifies $4 billion in spending cuts
HARRISBURG, PA &mdash;The Commonwealth Foundation today released A Taxpayer’s Budget 2010: Responsible Spending for Pennsylvania, a report identifying $4 billion in spending reductions to Gov. Rendell’s proposed state budget and outlining needed spending reforms.
&quot;Before lawmakers impose higher taxes on Pennsylvania residents and businesses, they must justify the $66 billion they are already spending and cut waste,&quot; said Matthew J. Brouillette, president and CEO of the Commonwealth Foundation. &quot;Pennsylvanians should be aware of how state government is misspending their hard-earned tax dollars. The good news is that we can reduce state spending while still maintaining a safety net for our most vulnerable citizens.&quot;
The report breaks down recommendations for reducing the size of state government
into three categories: corporate welfare, &quot;Yellow Pages government&quot; and self-service government. Some examples highlighted include:
$36 million for M. Knight Shyamalan’s movie The Last Airbender from the Film Tax
Credit; $225 million in new debt for pork projects from the RACP program, including $15 million for Harley Davidson; A potential $2 billion windfall from privatizing state-run liquor stores; Nearly $50 million in state-produced advertisements and commercials.
In addition, A Taxpayer’s Budget offers recommendations for improving core services and the budget process. These include public pension reform, state spending transparency, repealing prevailing wage laws, and Medicaid reform.
&quot;Lawmakers need to look beyond simply balancing this year’s budget and make some of the changes needed for long-term fiscal stability,&quot; said Brouillette.
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EDITOR’S NOTE: The full report, A Taxpayer’s Budget 2010: Responsible Spending for Pennsylvania, is available online and by calling 717.671.1901. For more on the Pennsylvania State Budget, visit www.PABudget.org.
The Commonwealth Foundation (www.CommonwealthFoundation.org) is an independent,
non-profit public policy research and educational institute based in Harrisburg, PA.