HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Corbett may be trying to broaden his appeal to voters with his latest budget plan, but Democrats hoping to unseat him say it didn't change their minds.
Corbett presented lawmakers Tuesday with a $29.4 billion proposal that would increase funding for schools and social services. Cuts to those areas helped balance his first two budgets.
Five candidates for the Democratic nomination — John Hanger, Rob McCord, Katie McGinty, Allyson Schwartz and Tom Wolf — cited Corbett's $1 billion-plus cut in education spending in 2011 and said the 2014-15 budget won't make up that loss.
McCord, the state treasurer, calls Corbett's proposals "too little, too late." Wolf, a businessman, says Corbett's sudden interest in education funding is "disingenuous." U.S. Rep. Schwartz says his proposals amount to "stale policy."