Governor Corbett not backing down from big policy issues

Written by Matt Paul, Reporter/Producer | Jun 11, 2013 4:00 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- Three big policy issues remain unresolved with less than three weeks to go in the state’s fiscal year. But Governor Corbett remains optimistic.

"I have repeatedly said I want to see all three on my desk, with the budget, by June 30th," Corbett explained on witf's Radio Pennsylvania program "Ask the Governor."

At issue are a public pension overhaul, liquor privatization and transportation funding package.

Just last week, the Senate passed a $2.5-billion a year transportation funding plan with overwhelming bipartisan support. While Corbett doesn't agree with every provision -- such as $100 surcharge being tacked onto all traffic tickets -- he says it's time to negotiate.

"It would be helpful if we could get the House and Senate leaders to sit down and talk that out, as well as sit down and talk out the liquor system and the pension system."

Corbett says he's keeping an open mind on the details of the plans, but maintains that his goal is to address all three issues this budget season.

But some lawmakers have cast doubt on the governor’s three-pronged pension system overhaul and liquor privatization plan.

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