As Mrs. Corbett has no power over the Pennsylvania budget, I, and the other nearly 1,800 signers of this petition may not have such strong objections to her recognition tonight.
However, as you can see from budget figures yourself on the PA Department of Revenue's web site, the cuts are indeed grave. Yes there WAS money to make up for them, but one of Governor Corbett's first acts in office was to offer an $800,000,000 corporate tax cut to a constituency heavy on his largest campaign contributors. The cuts in education and therefore arts education as well as the arts in Pennsylvania, can be described, then, as nothing less than predatory.
I and the other thousands - who so strongly object to Governor Corbett's recognition for deprivation of children - wish Pittsburgh Opera well. We hope you will make more sensitive decisions in Maecenas Galas in the future. If you have a chance to step outside tonight, you will find the festivities at least as interesting as what is inside.