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Capitol reporter Mary Wilson covers Pennsylvania politics and issues at the Pennsylvania state capitol.

Corbett: "Let them sue me"

Written by Mary Wilson, Capitol Bureau Chief | Jul 23, 2014 4:23 AM
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Go ahead. Make his day.

That was Governor Corbett's message to legislative leaders contemplating a lawsuit over his line-item veto of earmarks earlier this month.

"Let them sue me," Corbett told reporters Friday. "Last time I looked, that's in the constitution, isn't it."

It is a strict reading of the state constitution that's prompting lawmakers to think about a court challenge in response to the Corbett's partial veto of $7.2 million in pet projects. House and Senate leaders say the governor cannot strike sections of a non-budget bill while letting other parts stand.

Corbett shrugged off further questions. "I don't think they're going to do it," he said, by way of elaboration. He said he hasn't spoken himself to legislative leaders since the partial veto on July 10, though some of his staff have talked with leaders.

Leaders are also considering overriding Corbett's partial veto with two-thirds votes in the House and Senate. Such votes would need to happen before the end of the two-year legislative session this November.

Corbett also vetoed a $65 million chunk of the General Assembly's funding, in an expression of his dismay that lawmakers did not pass his top legislative priority, a public pension overhaul proposal. Lawmakers are not taking issue with that move.

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