Corbett Exercises Line-Item Veto on Pennsylvania Budget

The governor reduced the legislature’s budget by $65 million and cut an additional $7.2 million in spending.

Gov. Tom Corbett on Thursday announced he was exercising a line-item veto on the Pennsylvania budget. He’s decided to battle with the legislature, saying it “refused to deal with the biggest fiscal challenge facing PA: our unsustainable public pension systems.”

“I am forcing mutual sacrifice with the general assembly though the gov’s ability to line item veto and hold spending in budgetary reserve,” Corbett added. Corbett cut $72.2 million in spending overall.


The governor says he wants to see Philadelphia schools open on time, but is continuing to insist on concessions from the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers. The governor is expected to call for a special session on public-sector pension reform.

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  • Rick Carel

    Teachers need to make concessions, pensions are in jeopardy. Too bad there are no fracking companies that could pay additional taxes to fund a budget.

  • Enuf already

    Love it the Governor has a backbone. Budget should always be by the line so that no pork is hidden. We need to control fraud, theft, overspending, waste and mismanagement. We shouldn’t need additional taxes with all the revenue generated. just as unemployment is taxed so should welfare …. at the minimum they could at least be required to work 30 hours per week to get welfare/stamps/section 8. Nothing is free. Maybe with skin in the game they’ll care about the taxes, entitlements, etc.

  • Rocky

    Corbett is an idiot and in the pocket of the fracking companies. Thank goodness he’s gone in November.