Budget Secretary Says Budget Office Furloughs Would Not Affect PA Residents

Jul 06, 2007, 01:00 ET from Pennsylvania Office of the Budget

    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