Budget and Politics

{Courtesy of AL Direct}

The use of $10 million in state aid to build the Arlen Specter Library at Philadelphia University is drawing unfavorable comparisons to the 9% cut in aid to all libraries in the new Pennsylvania state budget. Funding for the Specter library and $10 million for the John P. Murtha Center for Public Policy in Johnstown were tapped by Gov. Ed Rendell for priority under the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program. Rendell said he wishes local libraries received more state aid, but a budget with revenue shortfalls and no tax hikes led to many program cuts. Specter himself will have an office in the library, which will be built in the historic Roxboro House.

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