HARRISBURG — Gov. Corbett on Wednesday said that no one — not even state government — is recession proof, and that despite a smaller budget shortfall this year, his administration is going to think hard before it begins restoring cuts to education, social services and other programs taking hits in next year’s proposed state budget.
The governor made his remarks after a morning speech before the Harrisburg Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Corbett said that he understands people are unhappy with cuts he’s proposing in his $27.1 billion budget for the 2012-2013 fiscal year. And, he said he too dislikes making them.But Corbett stressed he wants to proceed cautiously, even in wake of news that the budget shortfall this year is less than originally predicted: about $300 million vs. $719 million.Even with that extra fiscal breathing room, Corbett said he does not want to leap to a conclusion the numbers signify an economy on permanent mend.