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It's a done deal. The budget is signed, sealed and delivered.

Governor Tom Corbett signs budget with minutes to spare
Published: Sunday, July 01, 2012, 12:31 AM Updated: Sunday, July 01, 2012, 1:48 AM
JAN MURPHY, The Patriot-News By JAN MURPHY, The Patriot-News

Gov. Tom Corbett avoided the embarrassment of a late state budget, but he made it close.
Like last year, he only had minutes to spare before the clock struck midnight on the last day of the fiscal year when he signed it in the Capitol Rotunda.

The nearly $27.7 billion budget includes no tax increase or new taxes. It ensures that no public school or public university receives less money than last year.

The 2012-13 budget cuts business taxes by $288 million and doubles funding for tax credits for businesses supporting education.*

At the same time, it cuts spending on child care programs for low-income working families, eliminates cash assistance for a slice of the state's welfare recipients, cuts funding for county-provided human services and cuts funding for environmental protection.*

Link: http://blog.pennlive.com/midstate_impact/print.html?entry=/2012/07/governor_tom_corbett_signs_bud.html

**emphasis added by poster.

The big tax break for the cracker plant in Beaver Co. passed, as did another $75 million cut for businesses who offer "scholarships" for students to attend private schools. A tougher teacher evaluation system will be implemented, based 50% on student test scores. Funding for schools and colleges remains at last year's levels. According to the right wing Tribune-Review, 14 democrats voted for it.

Link: http://triblive.com/news/2133876-74/schools-budget-corbett-bill-public-million-cameras-fiscal-legislation-signed

And there you have it....

I have been postponing retirement because of health care...

but now I am seriously considering going after the next school year.

I have been waiting for this for a long time!

Elvis. nt

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