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UPDATE: Corbett Signs Budget, Vetoes $72M in Spending

Corbett had refused to sign the budget on June 30.

Gov. Tom Corbett on Thursday morning finally signed Pennsylvania's 2014-15 fiscal year budget, ending days of waiting and wondering.

Corbett on June 30 refused to sign the $29.1 billion budget passed by the Pennsylvania General Assembly.

Signed Thursday were House Bill 2328, the 2014-15 state budget, and House Bill 278, the 2014-15 fiscal code.

Corbett line-item vetoed about $72 million in spending, the Governor's Office said.

Find the full list of gubernatorial vetoes here.

Gubernatorial line-item vetoes can be overridden by a two-thirds majority vote in each of the two houses of the General Assembly.

Corbett again mentioned his concerns about the state's pension system.

“I ask the citizens of Pennsylvania to join in this fight and demand that the legislature address the most important fiscal challenge facing Pennsylvania," he said. "Today, we spend 63 cents of each and every new tax dollar that comes into the state on pension costs. This is absolutely unsustainable, and it is devouring our state’s budget."

This is a breaking news story. Check back for more.


Bob Lentz July 10, 2014 at 08:35 PM
Let'stake a more in depth look at how the teachers play out the game . They like to say we only take out what we contributed into our pensions ? First of all they can retire in their 50's with 87 % of their working pay and an agreement with the school board their medical will be paid til they reach SS age ? They can withdraw in a lump sum all the contributions they made to their pension plan plus interest . When they reach SS age the get it based on their last three working years which in some cases gives them over 120% of their working salary. In some cases a non working spouse is entitled to join psers for a greatly diminished payment for medical coverage than the taxpayer paying their way . After they drained out all they contributed the taxpayer is on the hook to pay their pensions and health benefits for the rest of their lives . Then they blame it on the state (us) for not keeping up with the payments to the pension plan which is nearing 50 Billion in underfunding .
Bob Lentz July 10, 2014 at 08:38 PM
Corbett had a republican legislature in both houses and he couldn't get it done . He's the hmfic and takes the blame . The legislature isn't coming back to take cuts in anything .
K. Thom. July 10, 2014 at 10:53 PM
http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=512&objID=7234&PageID=1005857&mode=2&contentid=http://pubcontent.state.pa.us/publishedcontent/publish/cop_hhs/pde/single_web/no_workflow_requried/news_and_media/articles/governor_corbett_signs_budget_that_invests_a_record__12_billion_in_education.html 12 BILLION DOLLARS FOR EDUCATION. Straight from their own website. Not sure if that even accounts for Federal funding or if that will bring the total even higher. Where's the money going? How much more do they need? How much is enough to fix the problems? Until my kids statted going to public school I had never heard of summer school for k-3rd grades. Instead of teaching "abc's and 123's" they learn about p,n,d, and q's. They learn rhombuses and trapezoids. They learn to use graphs and charts instead of their brain. They learn nonsense words. They get work back where the punctuation is corrected but spelling is ignored. Wake up. More money and more gov't is not the answer.
Annie G July 11, 2014 at 11:46 PM
Why should all the PA taxpayers in PA pay more for Phila schools? If you go outside our five county area the PA residents have much different viewpionts. Not perfect, but our tax situation is better than most states.
tfcrow July 12, 2014 at 11:24 AM
Just close your eyes Corbutthole. You're done.

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