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Governor Corbett: budget could have been passed in May

Written by Matt Paul and Radio Pennsylvania | Jul 7, 2013 6:07 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- Governor Corbett prefers a smoother state budget process. He signed the $28.4-billion spending plan at 10 pm on June 30th. It was another spring of waiting until the final days of a fiscal year to take up the biggest issues of the session.

Appearing on witf's Radio PA program, “Ask the Governor," Corbett was asked if the process is broken.

“Every year we do go through this process, and I guess the question is probably better asked of a legislator than an executive,” Corbett responded. “I can tell you, I’d like to put the budget to bed – consider the number is pretty close to where we were when I introduced the budget in February – we could have put this budget to bed, in my mind, in May.”

While it was the third consecutive on-time budget in Pennsylvania, none of the major policy issues facing state lawmakers was resolved before the summer recess. Also, several budget related bills did not pass before July 1st – including the fiscal code bill, which still requires additional House action.

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