Corbett still struggling to win over Democrats

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 21, 2013 7:20 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- Six months after saying he wanted to do a better job of winning the votes of Democrats for his agenda, Governor Tom Corbett is still pushing an agenda that Democrats largely oppose while relying on the Legislature's Republican majorities. So it's not surprising that Democrats call Corbett ideologically extreme and accuse him of being rigidly partisan.

House Minority Leader Frank Dermody of Allegheny County says Democrats don't agree with most of Corbett's agenda and think it's bad for Pennsylvania. Much of Corbett's major legislative agenda this spring rubbed Democrats the wrong way. That included passing business tax cuts, plans to privatize the state-controlled wine and liquor store system, and overhaul the state's biggest public employee pension systems.

The Corbett agenda did not include a top Democratic priority, expansion of Medicaid eligibility.

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