Pa. gov’s deep higher-ed cuts draw protests

"It's a matter of fairness that these drillers pay," said Rep. Greg Vitali.

Pennsylvania’s new Republican governor is under fire for proposing the nation’s biggest cuts in higher education–more than 50 percent for some universities–while refusing to tax the gas drilling that is fast becoming one of the state’s largest industries.

Some critics of Gov. Tom Corbett are frustrated that he won’t tap such a rich source of tax revenue when the state is looking at a projected deficit next year of $4 billion.

“This is the most irrational public policy I’ve ever seen in my life,” Democratic state Sen. Daylin Leach said Thursday. “He’s supposed to be fighting for Pennsylvania. He’s saying that Pennsylvania can’t have this money.”…Read More