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Pa. Governor Tours Local Manufacturing Plant, Promotes Budget

By Kimberly Davidow
Published On: Aug 17 2011 12:59:28 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 31 2011 05:03:26 AM CDT
MUHLENBERG TWP., Pa. -

Pa. Gov. Tom Corbett spent some time Thursday away from Harrisburg.

He was in Berks County to talk about the future of supporting local industries and growing small businesses.

Corbett toured Summit Steel and Manufacturing in Muhlenberg Township. The precision-machining business, established in 1992, manufactures products for the aerospace, agricultural equipment, alternative energy, automotive and other industries.

The governor talked about the importance of growing small businesses across the state and said the state needs to hold the line on spending and taxes so businesses can create more jobs and help the economy.

"We in state government have to balance our budget," said Corbett. "If we have a printing machine, I haven't found it yet."

Pennsylvania's budget has been a hot topic for months.

Corbett spoke about a variety of concerns with the state's budget, ranging from education to the Marcellus Shale.

The governor's main focus during his visit to Berks was job growth and the economy.

Corbett told 69 News that for more revenue to be brought in, the state needs to grow and support businesses. He said companies in the building industry, like Summit, need to grow, strengthening the economy and increasing revenue flow.

Summit expanded its facility five years ago with the support of community development funds. The company, which employs about 50 people, is in the process of installing energy efficient and environmental improvements.

"When they grow, if we control our growth, we can start putting money into that rainy day fund because we are coming out of the recession and who knows how good it's going to get," said Corbett.

Pennsylvania's budget deficit is $4.3 billion. Corbett said the state relied too much on a "quick fix" from federal stimulus money without thinking about the consequences and that's why cuts now need to be made.

"There are a lot of people that are upset with me," said Corbett. "And I don't blame them because a lot of where we are cutting, we need the money. But, when we don't have it, we can't spend it."

Corbett also said job growth will get Pennsylvania back on its feet. The state's current budget should be more than $27 billion.