Below is a partial list of the cuts made to programs - for a full list, visit http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/document/1214310/12_01_04_2011_12_freeze_tr_web_pdf.
Not all line items were frozen. Below are some important items that remain at the same funding levels:
- Farmer's Market Food Coupons: $2,079,000
- State Food Purchase: $17,338,000
- Basic Education Funding: $5,354,629,000
- Special Education: $1,026,815,000
- Community Colleges: $212,167,000
- Child Care Services: $154,265,000
- Child Care Assistance: $171,989,000
- Services to Persons with Disabilities: $135,672,000
As we approach the new budget cycle, it may also be time to start thinking of new ways to approach the budget shortfalls beyond continuous program cuts, such as closing tax loopholes. To learn more about alternatives to budget cuts, please visit the website for the Better Choices for Pennsylvania Coalition.