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Corbett declines to sign budget

July 2, 2014

HARRISBURG, PA — Gov. Tom Corbett, hours before the June 30 deadline passed, commented on the $29.1 billion spending plan for the 2014-15 fiscal year passed by Republicans only in the 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,” he said.

“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. Pension costs are consuming more than 60 cents of every new dollar of general fund revenues.”

“For the single parent who struggles to pay the bills every day, for the child going to school who deserves a quality education, for the elderly couple living on a fixed income, I will continue to fight for pension reform and real relief for Pennsylvania’s taxpayers.”

“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.”

Corbett must either sign the bill or veto it within 10 days, or it will automatically become law.