Pa. budgetary blame should fall on Democrats

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State Rep. Frank Dermody, the Democratic House leader, enjoyed notoriety in Pennsylvania newspaper stories this summer as he continued to bash Gov. Tom Corbett for education budget shortfalls — shortfalls that Rep. Dermody helped to create. Mr. Dermody’s votes have supported out-of-control teacher pension growth as well as former Gov. Ed Rendell’s misuse of the federal education stimulus monies.

Gov. Corbett has raised state education funding to the highest levels in the history of the commonwealth through budgets that Rep. Dermody has continually voted against. Why does Rep. Dermody continue to make the governor out to be the villain in the press while shadowing his own past voting record? Please ask him.

I do not have a problem with comments that get out the truth; in fact, I greatly appreciate them. But if Rep. Dermody wants to call out the real culprit of Pennsylvania’s education budget problems, he should first look into a mirror that has been hanging in his office for the last 20-plus years.

RICH SCHACHTE
New Kensington


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