GOP chair: Governor Corbett will try to force pension action

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 2, 2014 11:34 AM

Photo by AP Photo/Bradley C Bower

File photo: Governor Corbett addresses the state budget-spending plan for the new fiscal year on Sunday, June 29, 2014 in Harrisburg

(Harrisburg) -- The state Republican Party chairman says Governor Corbett won't just sign budget legislation without trying to force action on legislation to overhaul Pennsylvania's two major public pension systems. 

Rob Gleason says he spoke face-to-face with the Republican governor for an hour and he's convinced Corbett's 'not going to just sit there and do nothing.'' 

Corbett has a $29.1 billion no-new-taxes budget bill on his desk, but he's given no indication how or when he'll act on it.

His options include a veto of the entire bill or a line-item veto that allows him to scratch out certain objectionable spending items. 

The Legislature is controlled by Corbett's fellow Republicans, but Corbett-backed pension proposals have stalled since last year in the face of bipartisan opposition.

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