Tuesday, May 07, 2013
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania state lawmakers
are signaling they'll move forward with two of Governor, Tom Corbett's
priorities, although serious questions remain about both. The senate
transportation committee is scheduled today to advance a $2.5 billion
transportation bill. Also today, key senate and house republicans plan to
appear with Corbett to announce they'll introduce his proposed changes to the
state's public employee pension systems.
However, the senate's transportation funding bill is larger than what Corbett
initially sought, and house republican leaders are cool to the gas tax increase
it includes. And Corbett's proposed pension changes are already meeting stiff
resistance from lawmakers. Meanwhile,
lagging tax collections mean Corbett's proposed budget for the coming fiscal
year is unbalanced by hundreds of millions of dollars. That's endangering the
$360 million business tax cut he wants.