Rendell’s budget would eliminate county fair funding
February 17, 2010 1 Comment
Bad news for lovers of fried food and tilt-a-whirls — Governor Rendell’s budget would zero out state funding for county fairs.
Last year’s spending plan reduced the Agriculture Department’s fair funding from 3.6 to 2 million dollars, and this year’s proposed budget would completely eliminate the line item. Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding told members of the Senate Appropriations Committee today that he’ll do everything he can to support Pennsylvania’s 113 fairs.
But during questioning, York County Republican Michael Waugh said the state’s moral support isn’t good enough, arguing budget cuts have already hurt fairs.
The proposed Agriculture Department budget is just under 101 million dollars. That’s a five percent reduction from last year’s levels, and 13 million dollars less than the ’08-’09 budget.