The federal government is "spurring" the economy by sending me a check this Spring, why does the state of PA need to do this as well? I strongly disagree with the premise that sending people checks in the mail is good for the economy in anything but a super short-term pathetic injection. How about PA takes its extra 500 million dollars and helps out those people that are getting foreclosed on or increases education about getting a home loan in the first place? How about directly helping out small businesses that are going to be struggling under the impending recession? How about saving the extra money for a rainy day? Please, do not give me and all my brethren an extra $100 that we can go out and spend at Walmart and thereby fix the economy. I am a firm believer in the tried and true method of saving behind the scenes. My paycheck is never cashed at the bank. It's deposited and anything over my budget is immediately portioned off to savings accounts and investment accounts. My rainy day funds have saved me many times - like for when my water bill started jumping in Pittsburgh this year or my insane heating bills this winter or when my car needed all new tires.
Lastly, thanks to the good old GOP for offering to cut my income taxes at the expense of welfare. "GOP lawmakers also said there is wasted spending in welfare payments for low-income people's Medicaid costs and for cash payments made under the Temporary Aid to Needy Families program." How is money to Medicaid wasted money??? How about we actually fund adultBasic, a great sounding program to give affordable health care to adults in PA not making much money which has an average waiting list time of more than a year!
Please, PA don't throw away our money. Bad times are coming in the country, and in this state in particular. Nothing makes that more clearer than looking at these charts.