Another $1.3 Billion In Cuts for Governor Rendell

At the cabinet meeting yesterday (which the Commonwealth Foundation was escorted out of by security, being told it was a “closed meeting”, while media and staff for the PA House Democrats were allowed to attend), Gov. Rendell announced another $500 million in “cuts” from his proposed budget. Of course these cuts were offset by a nearly equivalent amount in spending increases.

But Rendell has missed, by our count, $1.3 billion in easy cuts from the General Fund budget. These are programs aren’t merely inefficient, but thing that government should not be involved in at all.

Here is our list of line items Rendell should eliminate. For more ideas on reducing spending, see our report, Government on a Diet.