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Corbett Honored for Commitment to Intellectual Disability Community

March has been declared Intellectual Disability Month in Pennsylvania.

Gov. Tom Corbett on Tuesday received an award for what advocates described as a “continued commitment to reduce the waiting list for Pennsylvanians living with intellectual disabilities.”

Corbett’s 2014-15 budget calls for an extra $22.4 million, the Governor’s Office said, which should allow some 1,100 Pennsylvania adults to receive home- and community-based services.

The award was presented to Corbett by Sheila Stasko, the associate director of the PA Wait List Campaign, in Scranton after the governor met with staff and individuals with disabilities at The Arc of Northeastern PA.  .

“Governor Corbett has stretched out his hand to help people with intellectual disabilities waiting for community services and support,” Stasko said. “With this year’s funding, even more individuals will come off the waiting list. This support will allow individuals to live, work and play in their communities and strengthen families. We are appreciative of the help we have been shown.”

Corbett presented a proclamation during the event declaring March Intellectual Disability Awareness Month in Pennsylvania.

“I believe the smartest investments we make are the ones we make in people,” Governor Corbett said. “We need to create a Pennsylvania where people with disabilities and their families will never be forced to wait for services again.”


Roger March 19, 2014 at 09:38 AM
@wallst, the Dem front runner is Wolf. His ad is very clear, "... make the drillers pay up ...." This alone is enough to turn a thumbs down on him. // There is some woman running as a Dem whose ad says she worked with Clinton and Rendell. Sorry, don't know her name. But, she says she will create jobs and improve education. She left out baseball and apple pie. Who would she convince to vote for her with such an ad? Perhaps this is why her name is elusive. // As for a comment above about added gas tax, my question to that post is simple: What would you do to improve our infrastructure (roads and bridges)? How do you propose these improvement get funding? You may not agree with the 20 cent tax, but you have to grapple with the problem that former PA adminstrations have chosen to avoid. // No, Corbett is a very poor communicator and lacks any charisma. He is painful in his public persona. But, he has presented a budget and had it passed on deadline every year, something Rendell was unable to do repeatedly. He has increased education funding. He has put Marcellus Shale revenues back to the municipalities that need the money to deal with the local issues arising from the industry in their area. Wolf's comment about "paying up" sound like a penal move, not a move that will deal with the local matters. Imposing an extraction tax does not get money back to the local folks, rather goes to the GF for pet projects and payback. // The choices for the next election look slim. I am more than willing to consider a Dem, but not one of them have put forth anything that is useful to keep PA moving on the economic front. Several speak about "more money for education," but we know that more money does not mean better education (show us the postiive educational impact of the 2009 Fed stimulus money infusion). If somebody has a good condidate, tell us who and why -- no, not just "anybody other than Corbett." We want to see positive perspectives on why somebody can lead PA, not why others are not leading.
Art Wegweiser March 19, 2014 at 11:59 AM
Has everyone forgotten Corbett's moves to limit access to voting? Has everybody forgotten his part in the GOP war on women and their rights and his rude comments on birth control and other reproductive rights? Has everybody forgotten his obsession with privatizing everything he can think of and turn over public assets to his buddies. And Corbett is clearly the pockets of the oil &.gas industry in his attitudes toward tracking and drilling in or near public places.'AND MORE. The man should and must be sacked. Another step to turning PA Blue again away from the Neanderthals of most Red States.
Roger March 19, 2014 at 01:24 PM
@Art, ... lots of negatives, but my request was positives for another candidate. Anybody can cite negatives for any candidate, but it is postiives, the pro-active positions with specifics that are worthwhile to post. All the negative rants fall on deaf ears. // If this request is so difficult, then we have more of a problem than Tom Corbett.
Assaggiatore March 19, 2014 at 08:59 PM
@ Big Dawg I'm all for higher taxes on the wealthy and a total ban on fracking and coal mining. I've seen first hand what it does to the environment and to our lungs. The GOP agenda is one of malignant narcissism.

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