Pension cuts before tax increase, Corbett says

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 17, 2014 3:19 PM
Tom Corbett

(Harrisburg) -- Governor Corbett says a budget without a tax increase would be hard to swallow, but that he won't listen to arguments for an increase until lawmakers pass major legislation to slash public pension costs.

Corbett made the comments today at a Capitol news conference.

Corbett favors pension legislation that is expected to save more than $10 billion over 30 years, but it would not help close a deficit in this year's budget and it lacks support in the GOP-controlled House.

Lagging tax collections and several other assumptions have torn a substantial hole in Corbett's proposed $29.4 billion budget plan.

Democrats are pressing Corbett and Republican majority leaders to address it by approving taxes on natural gas drilling and sales of tobacco products, among other things.

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