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GOP chair: Corbett won't 'do nothing' on pensions

by MARC LEVY, Associated Press on July 02, 2014 2:50 PM

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The state Republican Party chairman says Gov. Tom Corbett won't sign budget legislation without trying to force action on legislation to overhaul Pennsylvania's two major public pension systems.

Rob Gleason said Wednesday that 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.

He's scheduled to speak to reporters at 3 p.m.

The Legislature is controlled by Corbett's fellow Republicans, but bipartisan opposition has stalled Corbett-backed pension proposals since last year.

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PHOTO: In this Feb. 4, 2014, file photo, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett delivers his budget address. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

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