Insulting the Latino community is yet another reason Tom Corbett had a Terrible 2013.
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Tom Corbett apparently decided to make 2013 the year he insulted Pennsylvanians time and time again. When asked why he let our economy slide to 49th in the nation in job creation, he blamed Pennsylvanians’ alleged drug use. Our Commonwealth deserves a governor who makes sure our economy is a leader in the nation, not someone who blames Pennsylvanians for his economic failure.
Tom Corbett Blamed Unemployment On Pennsylvanian’s Alleged Drug Use. According to the Huffington Post, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) on Monday addressed some worrisome employment figures in the state’s March jobs report, saying that job applicants who couldn’t pass drug tests are “a serious problem’ for Pennsylvania. ‘There are many employers that say, ‘we’re looking for people, but we can’t find anybody that has passed a drug test,’ a lot of them,’ Corbett said during an interview on Radio PA’s ‘Ask the Governor’ program. ‘And that’s a concern for me because we’re having a serious problem with that.’” [Huffington Post, 4/30/13]
Instead of owning up to his failure to create jobs, Tom Corbett blamed workers for PA’s poor economy. Another reason he had a horrible 2013.
Instead of making it easier for families to give their children a quality education, Tom Corbett slashed funding for higher education by nearly 20 percent in his first year of office and has since failed to restore his disastrous cuts. Rather than giving young Pennsylvanians the opportunity to prepare for a 21st century workforce, Tom Corbett’s cuts have increased tuition, reduced program and activity availability, and contributed to professor layoffs. Pennsylvanians need a Governor who is committed to improving the Commonwealth by investing in future leaders, but Tom Corbett is committed to putting Pennsylvania in jeopardy by making it harder to receive a quality, affordable education.
Tom Corbett Proposed A 50% Reduction In Higher Education Funding; Final Budget Cut 19% In 2010; Has Flat-Funded Higher Education Ever Since. Stateline.org reported, ”On June 30, Governor Tom Corbett signed a state budget that slashes funding for higher education by 19 percent, and school officials smiled with relief. For universities, it could have been much worse. In March, Corbett introduced a budget proposal that called for a 50-percent cut to higher education. But improving state revenues and a public backlash against the proposal led lawmakers to pare back the governor’s plan. In the end, Pennsylvania’s 14 state-owned universities walked away with a painful but manageable cut that will result in tuition increases of 7.5 percent this fall.” In 2012 and 2013, Corbett failed to restore his massive cuts to higher education. [Stateline.org, 7/13/11, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: 7/10/12, Patriot-News, 7/30/13]
Tom Corbett’s Budgets Have Caused College Students To See Resources Disappear. Class sizes are increasing, programs are being eliminated and financial help for students is diminishing after Tom Corbett’s cuts to higher education. The Patriot-News writes, “The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency board voted today on a grant distribution formula that lowers the maximum grant amount to $4,210, which is a decrease of $138 from this .” According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, “[Michael Slavin, faculty union president] said cuts have led to increased class sizes, while staff reductions have overwhelmed professors, [he] said. It was announced in February that about 10 percent of the university’s managers would be laid off, in response to Gov. Tom Corbett’s higher education funding cuts.” The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported, ”Citing declining state appropriations, University of Pittsburgh officials quietly suspended admissions to Pitt’s graduate programs in German, religious studies and classics last week, leaving students to fear the move is a first step toward eliminating the programs.” [Patriot-News, 4/26/12; Pittsburgh Tribune Review, 4/13/12; Pittsburgh Tribune Review, 4/13/12]
Even before Gov. Corbett formally seeks a federal Obamacare waiver to allow the state to levy monthly health-care premiums on hundreds of thousands of the state’s uninsured working poor, he should know the answer. And knowing that his request is likely to be refused - as a similar one from Iowa officials was last week - why would Corbett continue to move ahead with his complex, makeshift proposal to use billions of federal Medicaid dollars to subsidize private insurance for some 520,000 Pennsylvanians?
Remember when Tom Corbett said, “What I dispute is the use of statistics”? This weekend at PA Society, Tom Corbett took the opportunity to double down on his aversion to facts.
The Associated Press reported that an “optimistic Republican Gov. Tom Corbett declared that his popularity is growing…”
Facts, on the other hand, proves the exact opposite. With Tom Corbett’s indiscriminate devotion to special interests and lack of support for Pennsylvania’s middle class families, it is no surprise that Tom Corbett’s poll numbers continue to slip, even when it seems like they cannot get any lower.
November 26, 2013
Public Policy Polling: "Already probably the most endangered governor running for re-election next fall, Tom Corbett’s chances of winning have only slipped further since PPP last polled Pennsylvania in March, and he is now the most unpopular governor of 43 on which PPP has polled.” [PPP, 11/26/13]
October 31, 2013
Franklin and Marshall Poll: "Few Democrats (7%) or independent voters (19%) believe he deserves re-election, but, surprisingly, less than half (37%) of Republicans do, which is consistent with our August Poll. ” [Franklin and Marshall, 10/31/13]
October 2, 2013
SP&R: ”A majority of registered voters give Gov. Tom Corbett poor job approval marks according to the latest survey from Susquehanna Polling & Research. The Republican polling firm found 58% of respondents disapprove Corbett’s job performance (including 45% who strongly disapprove). 33% approve the job he’s doing as Governor. That’s a 12 point drop from SP&R’s February poll where Corbett was down 52% to 39%.” [PoliticsPA, 10/2/13]
Tom Corbett has consistently demonstrated a complete lack of respect for Pennsylvania’s LGBT community. Tom Corbett and his administration repeatedly insulted Pennsylvanians by comparing gay marriage to incest and the marriage between children. Corbett should be embarrassed that he is on the wrong side of history. Pennsylvanians deserve a governor who will respect and fight for everyone and Tom Corbett is not that governor.
Tom Corbett Compared Gay Marriage To Incest. According to the Associated Press, “Republican Gov. Tom Corbett compared the marriage of same-sex couples to the marriage of a brother and sister during an appearance on a Friday morning TV news show. The Pennsylvania governor was on WHP-TV in Harrisburg speaking about gay marriage when an anchor asked about a statement his lawyers made in a recent court filing, comparing the marriage of gay couples to the marriage of children because neither can legally marry in the state. ‘It was an inappropriate analogy, you know,’ Corbett said. ‘I think a much better analogy would have been brother and sister, don’t you?’” [Associated Press, 10/4/13]
Tom Corbett’s Administration Compared Gay Marriage To The Marriage Of Children. According to the Associated Press, “Marriage licenses given to same-sex couples in the state are invalid because the couples were barred from marrying, just like 12-year-olds, Republican Gov. Tom Corbett’s attorneys said Wednesday.” [Associated Press, 8/29/13]