Remember when Harrisburg Democrats wanted to recklessly spend our supposed $800 million surplus and Republicans wanted to save it for a rainy day? Well Pennsylvania’s rainy day came in the form of destructive flooding, and thankfully, Governor Corbett, Lieutenant Governor Cawley and members of the Republican legislature did what was fiscally responsible by saving state surplus funds for emergencies like this.
At our recent State Party meeting, Governor Corbett said that the state may need to spend state resources to ensure public safety by inspecting roads and bridges damaged by recent flooding:
Defending his decision not to use more of the state’s excess revenues to restore portions of his budget cuts, Gov. Tom Corbett said this morning that those dollars now may be needed to repair flood-damaged roads and bridges.
Mr. Corbett, speaking to a gathering of Republican State Committee members here, said 1,500 bridges throughout the northeast and central regions had to be inspected following the massive flooding that resulted from Tropical Storm Lee.(Olson, Laura, “Corbett says surplus may be needed for damaged infrastructure,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 9/17/11)
On a similar note, the Patriot News also came out with a great article highlighting Governor Corbett’s leadership during the flood.