Budget Secretary Says Budget Office Furloughs Would Not Affect PA Residents
HARRISBURG, Pa., July 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Edward G. Rendell is working to adopt a budget that requires no broad based tax increases, provides sufficient resources to ensure that Pennsylvania continues to improve its public schools, offers high quality child care, helps Pennsylvanians get good jobs and helps our companies grow, but the Office of the Budget, forced by the federal government to classify state employees in the event of budget impasses, said today 349 of its employees will be furloughed if Pennsylvania does not agree to a budget by Sunday. Assuming the budget impasse is not prolonged, furloughs in the Office of the Budget are not likely to affect Pennsylvania's citizens, Budget Secretary Michael J. Masch said. Masch said the remaining 511 employees who are not currently being furloughed perform services related to the health, safety and welfare of Pennsylvania residents. These services, which include processing welfare payments or payroll for corrections officers, will continue largely without interruption, Masch said. Governor Edward G. Rendell proposed a $27.3 billion budget on Feb. 6 that offered solutions for Pennsylvania's transportation funding crisis, relief for overburdened property taxpayers, innovative ideas for attracting the best and brightest scientists to find cures for the world's deadliest diseases, ways to free residents from their dependence on foreign oil, expansion of successful education initiatives and bold ideas for bringing health care to every Pennsylvanian. Recently, however, members of the Senate opted, instead, to demand that the budget cut millions of dollars from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade education programs, economic development and job training programs, as well as child care and mental health programs. CONTACT: Susan Hooper (717) 265-8067
SOURCE Pennsylvania Office of the Budget
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