Rendell’s budget would eliminate county fair funding

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.


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Scott covers state government and politics for Pennsylvania's public radio stations, including WITF in Harrisburg, WHYY in Philadelphia and WDUQ in Pittsburgh.

One Response to Rendell’s budget would eliminate county fair funding

  1. Joel Sears says:

    It’s about time. “A million here and a million there and pretty soon we’re talking real money” – Sen. Everett Dirksen (R-Illinois)

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