Take a look at some of the noteworthy numbers in Gov. Tom Corbett’s budget proposal for the 2013-14 fiscal year, which begins July 1.
$28.4 billion: The size of Corbett’s budget proposal, a 2.4 percent increase over the previous year
$11.3 billion for education
$10.9 billion for welfare and human services
$1.93 billion for corrections
$1.6 billion for colleges and higher education grants. So yes, Pennsylvania spends more taxpayer money to put people in prison than college.
$1 billion for public schools over four years, if the governor can convince lawmakers to sell the state wine and liquor stores.
$308 million for the state courts
$87.3 million for Pre-K Counts to boost early childhood education
$60 million for the film tax credit program, which is designed to encourage movie-making in Pennsylvania. The administration projects that this will aid 80 films next year.
$30 million in tax credits for call centers to maintain and expand operations in Pennsylvania
$7.4 million increase to boost tourism programs
2.3 million Pennsylvanians receive medical assistance
295,700 seniors who receive prescription drug coverage through programs financed by the Pennsylvania Lottery. The governor has agreed to put a private company in charge of the lottery, aiming to boost funding for a growing senior population
$34,000 to keep one inmate in state prison for one year
9,300 additional children to become eligible for health care coverage
4,000 bridges in Pennsylvania that are structurally deficient
3,000 additional people with disabilities to receive services
1,400 additional children would receive child care assistance
290 new state troopers to be hired
80 cents out of every state tax dollar goes to education or human services.
20 cents of every dollar covers everything else: state prisons, police, economic development, environmental protection, etc.