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Governor Corbett and GOP lawmakers tangle over pension overhaul

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 14, 2014 11:18 AM
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(Glenshaw) -- Governor Corbett is plunging into a public fight for legislation that pares back public employee retirement benefits to curb rising pension costs.

His re-election campaign issued robocalls over the weekend, while Corbett told a small crowd today near his suburban Pittsburgh home that pension reform isn't an easy issue, but "we have to get this under control.''

In the robocall, the Republican governor criticizes the Republican-controlled Legislature for sending him a budget "loaded with perks and earmarks," and then warns of property tax increases without passage of pension legislation.

Meanwhile, Republican lawmakers are criticizing Corbett for blocking money for part of the Legislature's operating budget.

It's not unusual for governors and lawmakers to gripe about each other, but the intra-GOP battle is erupting just four months before the election.

An earlier version of this story is below:

Governor Corbett is using the resources of his office and his campaign to press for legislation to curb future public pension costs by paring back benefits.  

The campaign issued robocalls over the weekend, while Corbett's office lined up public events beginning today in suburban Pittsburgh to discuss pension legislation. 

In the robocall, the Republican governor criticizes the GOP-controlled Legislature for sending him a budget "loaded with perks and earmarks,'' and then warns of property tax increases without passage of pension legislation.  

Top Republican lawmakers have heavily criticized Corbett after he blocked funding for part of the Legislature's operating budget and some other projects picked by lawmakers. 

It's not unusual for governors and lawmakers to gripe about each other, but the intra-GOP battle is erupting just four months before the election. 

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