Picture This! The Real Cost of Prison Expansion asks Governor Corbett, “Where is the love?”
Governor Corbett’s proposed 2012-2013 budget would continue his attack on public education, health care, and social services. His budget cuts $78 million from basic education, $264 million from higher education, $319 million from General Assistance, and millions more from environmental protection, homeowners assistance, and healthcare and mental health services. He claims these drastic cuts will somehow benefit the state. But if Governor Corbett really loved Pennsylvania, he would focus on funding the vital industries and support systems that help Pennsylvanians grow, learn and stay healthy.
At the same time, Governor Corbett is moving ahead with a $685 million project to build three new prisons and expand nine existing facilities. Each new prison will contain about 2,000 new beds and cost $200 million to build. For each new prison bed, Pennsylvania taxpayers will pay about $100,000. In all, this expensive construction will add over 5,000 new beds to the prison system at a time when Governor Corbett’s own Department of Corrections Secretary, John Wetzel, acknowledges that thousands of men and women are currently incarcerated in PA beyond their minimum release dates due to programming wait lists and bureaucratic backlogs.
If Governor Corbett cared about Pennsylvanians, he would invest in education, healthcare and other industries that promote a brighter future, not more unnecessary prison beds. Join Decarcerate PA in asking Governor Corbett, “Where is the love?”
For more on Decarcerate PA’s campaign, visit: www.decarceratepa.info
For more details on the impact Governor Corbett’s proposed budget cuts, visit: http://pennbpc.org/
Picture This! The Real Cost of Prison Expansion in front of Harrison Elementary School.
Due to an $186 million budget gap for the coming year, the Philadelphia School District is closing Harrison Elementary and seven other schools. Last year, Governor Corbett’s massive cuts to basic education slashed state funding for Philadelphia public schools by more than $276 million, resulting in teacher layoffs, increased class size, fewer counselors and nurses, and reductions in arts, sports, and other extracurricular activities.
Governor Corbett’s proposed budget for 2012-2013 would cut an additional $21 million from the already-strained district. Due to this continued underfunding, the School Reform Commission, led by Corbett-appointee Pedro Ramos, has proposed closing 64 schools over the next five years and handing off control of many of public schools to private management companies.
For more information on how Governor Corbett’s cuts to basic education funding are impacting your local school district, visit: http://www.psea.org/apps/budget/budgetimpact.aspx
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Picture This! The Real Cost of Prison Expansion at Community College of Philadelphia.
Pennsylvania community colleges had their funding cut by $23.6 million, or about 10%, in last year’s budget. This equals the cost of about 236 of the new prison beds the state is building. This year, Governor Corbett has proposed cutting community college funding by an additional 4%.
These cuts are just one piece of Governor Corbett’s attack on higher education. This year, he has proposed slashing funding to state schools by 20% and state-related universities by 30%. This is on top of cuts of about 18%, or $160 million, to state and state-related colleges last year.
Picture This! The Real Cost of Prison Expansion, in front of Benjamin Franklin High School.
This past fall, Benjamin Franklin High School lost $2.1 million, 26% of its budget, to Governor Corbett’s funding cuts. They lost 19 teachers, an assistant principal, and the entire culinary arts program. And they had to downsize their Student Success Center, a key support for connecting students to college access.
For more on the impacts of funding cuts at Ben Franklin HS, see: http://thenotebook.org/summer-2012/124850/pushing-college-tight-times
Picture This! The Real Cost of Prison Expansion
Picture This! at Philadelphia’s City Hall. Governor Corbett’s proposed budget would eliminate General Assistance, the temporary cash assistance that helps thousands of Philadelphians, including many struggling to overcome addiction and homelessness. 34,843 people in Philadelphia stand to lose this crucial support if Corbett gets his way. Cutting General Assistance will drain $87.5 million from people across the city.
For more on the potential impacts of General Assistance cuts, see: http://www.citypaper.net/news/2012-03-29-news.html
Picture This! in front of the Philadelphia School District while the School Reform Commission votes on the dramatically reduced budget.
Corbett’s current budget cuts $21.6 million from Philly’s public schools. This comes after decades of disinvestment in public education and after $840 million in statewide cuts to public education in last year’s budget. Due to this systemic underfunding, the School Reform Commission, led by Corbett-appointee Pedro Ramos, is proposing to close 64 schools in the next 5 years and hand off many of our public schools to private management companies.