Gov. Tom Corbett's proposed budget for 2012-13 moves various categories of school funding into one block grant.
While the governor said that the line item will total $6.51 billion, an increase of $21.8 million over the same line items in the current budget, school superintendents are saying that their business managers are calculating a loss in state funding. School districts are struggling as it is. They will have to decide between cuts in programs or property tax hikes.
Penn State and the University of Pittsburgh — will be cut by 30 percent each. The fourth, Lincoln University, will keep funding at its current level. Higher tuition costs means families will either have to not send their children to college, send them to community college or go deeper into debt.
Corbett is also proposing to slash money by double-digit percentages to environmental protection, community and economic development and labor and industry. The governor has also postponed a decision on the state's transportation funding crisis.
The state legislature must revise this budget and make it work for the people, not the special interest groups.