The state’s boring path may be best direction for future
The Pennsylvania Secretary of Revenue Don Meuser was in the region last week on a factual tour to illustrate the accomplishment of Gov. Tom Corbett, his boss, who is seeking a second term.
That sounds about as exciting as oatmeal. And Meuser did not disappoint.
But frankly, we’ve had more than enough of political hyperbole that doesn’t stand up to a fact check.
It’s rather refreshing to hear a re-election campaign at least attempt to anchor itself to what it believes to be the facts.
We had lots of flash in the eight years before Corbett was governor, while General Fund spending increased by more than 30 percent.
Corbett inherited a $30 billion budget and faced a $4.4 billion deficit. His latest budget proposal is $28.4 billion and the deficit is nearly melted.
He inherited a state 43rd out of 50 in job growth. The attempted solution was $1.4 million in tax cuts, in part from exempting family farms and small businesses from inheritance taxes. Pennsylvania is now pushing for the top 10 in job growth.
Meuser’s own department went from a D rating in regulatory reform to an A minus.
People using fancy language decry public education funding “cuts,” conveniently leaving out those “cuts” are in federal stimulus money never meant to be permanent. The state’s actual spending on public education 35 percent of the budget is at an historic high.
All this accountant-speak is boring, we know, which is what you get when you put people from the private sector in charge of public agencies. We like boring, as long as we see results.