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WATCHBLOG: Corbett’s budget, word-for-word

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By Melissa Daniels | PA Independent

HARRISBURG — When Gov. Tom Corbett delivered his budget address to lawmakers on Tuesday, he certainly had a lot to say.

Aside from the $28.4 billion spending plan and ambitious policy changes Corbett put forth, the speech topped 5,500 words and took nearly an hour.

Of course, that is largely typical for a speech of this momentum – the budget address doubles as a “State of the State” address that some governors in other states give. It kicks off the budget season that must wrap up by  June 30 – and gives the governor a chance to lay out his agenda.

Much will be said about Corbett’s proposal in the coming months as lawmakers and issue advocates pour over the line items, praising and cursing the decisions the governor has made. But can anyone consider Corbett’s priorities by looking at the very words in the speech?

Probably not, but we’re going to try anyway.

When we put Corbett’s speech into visualization generator Many Eyes, we found out that the favorite word in his budget address was, not too surprisingly, “Pennsylvania,” and its counterpart, “Pennsylvanians.”

Others that popped up the most? “Time,” “people,” “state,” and “dollars.”

For good measure, we popped in Corbett’s 2012-2013 budget address, too. That speech was shorter – about 4,300 words.

“State” seems to almost outweigh “Pennsylvania” as the most-cited word. But “need,” “jobs” and “government” were also high on the list – three words that didn’t come up as much this year.

For full text of Gov. Corbett’s 2013-2014 budget address, click here.


Melissa formerly served as staff reporter for Watchdog.org.