Reporting Tony Romeo
By Tony Romeo
HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) – A spokesman for the governor says Pennsylvania should be able to get through the month of October before it feels the effect of the federal government shutdown on health, safety and human service programs.
Corbett spokesman Jay Pagni says the administration is going department by department, line item by line item, in an effort to maximize the federal dollars it has to work with.
“We have been working over the past several days to build those contingency plans so that we can get through the month of October. Our hope is that we can sustain the health and safety programs for Pennsylvanians, the human service programs for Pennsylvanians, throughout the month.”
Pagni says, in order to do that, “We’re using things like carry-over money from last year, from federal programs. We’re looking to see which lines will be, as they call them, “forward-funded” – so even though the federal government has shut down, there is money available for future delivery of services.”
But Pagni says even though the Obama administration has given states permission to use their own dollars to reopen some national parks, Pennsylvania does not plan to do that.