PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Critics of Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett’s new budget plan, released today in Harrisburg, were quick to respond.

As the governor was giving his budget address (see related story), several dozen people — members of the citizens’ group “Action United” — gathered for a rally outside the center city hotel where Corbett keeps a satellite office.

Jasmine Rivera was irate about the governor’s call for big cuts in education spending.

“If anything, the first thing that we should invest in is our children’s education,” she told KYW Newsradio, “because they’re the future.  If we have an educated populace, then we can actually compete on a world level. You keep cutting education (and) we’re not going to stay the way we are.”

The protesters also took aim at Corbett’s refusal to raise corporate taxes.  They’ll be heading Harrisburg to join other groups for another protest next week.

Reported by Paul Kurtz, KYW Newsradio 1060.

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