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Corbett Refuses to Sign $29.1 Billion State Budget

The lack of a state budget could mean that the commonwealth won't be able to pay its bills or workers.

(Patch file photo)
(Patch file photo)
Gov. Tom Corbett late Monday night declined to sign the $29.1 billion budget approved Monday by the Pennsylvania General Assembly.

“The budget I received tonight makes significant investments in our common priorities of education, jobs and human services. It does not address all the difficult choices that still need to be made," Corbett said late Monday night, minutes ahead of the midnight budget deadline. “It leaves pensions, one of the largest expenses to the commonwealth and our school districts, on the table, leaving the weight on Pennsylvania taxpayers and perpetuating the tug of war over state funding every single year."

Corbett offered no timeline for when he would be signing the budget.

“I will continue to work with the legislature toward meaningful pension reform. I am withholding signing the budget passed by the General Assembly while I deliberate its impact on the people of Pennsylvania.”

The lack of a state budget could mean that the commonwealth won't be able to pay its bills or workers, The Philadelphia Inquirer said.








DJ2 July 02, 2014 at 04:31 PM
judy- please elaborate on your statement "I do believe teachers should switch to a 401K like everyone else." Does this include current teachers? New hires only? Both? Let's hear your plan.
christine mcgrath July 02, 2014 at 10:42 PM
I really don't know anyone personally who is not worried about their pensions. I am speaking for the little guys, you know, us tiny little worker ants that keep everything moving prospectively. How about to fix this problem we consider legalizing medical marijuana for the people who need it and count the tax that comes from it as a possible means to help the budget crisis. No one should work their whole lives only to find out that they have little or no pensions left and this scenario can be a very real solution.
Peter Maravitch July 03, 2014 at 09:18 PM
A very easy fix. Tax shale the right way. All we will see now is these companies posting billion dollar profits every quarter and laughing to the bank. Oh, that's right, Corbett already cut the deal with them. Doesn't have to worry about his pension.
DJ2 July 04, 2014 at 08:48 AM
Exactly, Peter. What's often lost in this and any talk of pension reform is that people like Corbett and Warren Kampf will also collect a nice little pension--- yet none of their pension reform plans include any changes to theirs.
M July 06, 2014 at 01:03 PM
Brings us back to the whole "all legislators/governmental functionaries should be subject to the results of the legislation they pass" plan.

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