That includes the state's 67 counties, which depend on state funds to pay for a wide range of programs, such as reimbursements for county court costs, mental health/retardation programs, drug/alcohol treatment programs and services for the elderly, children and physically disabled.
The County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania, meeting in Somerset yesterday, warned that "a total collapse of the human service ... delivery system appears to be imminent," said Butler County Commissioner James Kennedy, who is association president. (P-G, Tom Barnes II)
What I must have missed is what exactly gets funded in Rendell's sought-after budget, with its extra $0.9 billion, that does not appear in the Republican budget that passed the Legislature.
Even though Mr. Rendell signed the budget, he openly criticized it for not providing enough money for basic and higher education, health care, child care, senior citizens' programs, autism programs and other services. (P-G, Tom Barnes I)
Right ... so ... he is fighting to save the very same things he is squeezing the life out of in the present moment with his line-item vetos. I don't think he's going to win the PR battle on this one. It's possible that old gray mare just ain't what she used to be.