PA Budget Proposals: Cut the Fat, Play Poker

Sen. John Eichelberger unveiled a proposal today to issue a moratorium on “earmarks”, the legislative-controlled WAMs and other items.  The proposal also calls for a review of all these discretion funds – where the money goes, who makes the requests, etc.  This proposal would save taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.

On the other hand, Governor Rendell wants to take more money from taxpayers, by encouraging them to play video poker to pay for his higher ed program.  I’m going to avoid discussing the moral implications of legalizing gambling (I’ll leave that to Cato and PA Family Institute). 

Instead, I will note: