Pa. politicians battle over budget

By Keith Zubrow
By Anna Norris

July 11, 2014 Updated Jul 11, 2014 at 7:05 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett approved the state's budget Thursday, but not without controversy.

Nine days after the budget deadline, Corbett used a line-item veto to cut more than $70 million in funding from the general assembly.

He then called on lawmakers to return from vacation and solve the state's pension crisis.

"We are becoming a very attractive state for businesses to come and join and work with us, yet we're not going to take on the pension issue because there are public sector unions, and leaders of public sector unions, that are out of touch," said Gov. Corbett (R).

Corbett said the lack of pension reform is draining the state's budget and causing local school taxes to skyrocket.

The democrats quickly responded to Corbett's remarks, blaming his poor leadership of the Republican party for the lack of reform.

"His party controls both chambers and the executive branch. He should have relationships to get things done he wants to get done," said Sen. Rob Teplitz (D), Dauphin County.

Senate democratic leader Jay Costa said the governor's use of the line-item veto is politically driven.

Corbett faces re-election in November.

A recent Franklin and Marshall poll found democratic challenger Tom Wolf leading the incumbent by more than 20 percentage points.

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