2011-03-03 / Local & State

Corbett Adviser: Spending Created Pa. Budget Mess

By Peter Jackson Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Gov. Tom Corbett’s top budget adviser says Pennsylvania’s financial problems are the result of too much spending, not too little revenue.

Budget Secretary Charles Zogby reminded a Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon gathering on Monday that much of this year’s $28 billion in spending is offset by billions in federal stimulus dollars and one-time transfers that won’t be available in the year that begins July 1.

Zogby declined to reveal any details in the budget that the Republican governor will present to lawmakers next week. But he says it will include widespread cuts and affect every state agency.

Zogby says projections of a $4 billion shortfall in the next fiscal are on target. Corbett has pledged that he will balance the budget without increasing state taxes or fees.

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