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Pennsylvania: Corbett Budget Hurts Health, Education, Philadelphia Official Says

March 22, 2011

Philadelphia Health Commissioner Donald Schwartz is warning that the governor's proposed budget could dramatically impact services to the most vulnerable, including people with HIV/AIDS, the mentally ill, and children. "We in city government do understand the need for fiscal responsibility and accept the reality of a still weak, though improving, economy," Schwartz said to a group of state senators and representatives from city agencies at a roundtable panel at Temple University on Friday. "But what we do not understand is the need to balance the budget through a reduction in services to those who need the most -- children, the elderly, those who are homeless, and those with mental illness, HIV or substance-abuse issues." Schwartz said Gov. Corbett's budget reductions for HIV care and lead remediation could cause Philadelphia to lose matching federal funds. Corbett is grappling with a $4 billion deficit in the state's $27.3 billion budget.

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Excerpted from:
Philadelphia Inquirer
03.19.2011; Miriam Hill

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