Governor Tom Corbett expressed a bit of frustration with Pennsylvania’s budget approval process, but he told Radio PA News this week that he does expect another on-time state spending plan.
Corbett has signed two-consecutive on-time budgets. The end-of-the-fiscal-year deadline is June 30. In addition to a new budget, he says he wants pension reform, a transportation funding plan and liquor privatization by the end of the month, as well.
Meanwhile, about 350 public employees rallied at the state Capitol in Harrisburg this week to call on Corbett to change his budget priorities. Members of the Service Employees International Union want the Governor to drop his call for a pension overhaul, and increase funding for education and human services.
One SEIU local president says Corbett has refused to meet with her union about the budget. Aides to Governor Corbett say the statement is untrue, and they suggest that the union doesn’t want to negotiate with him.
Meanwhile, SEIU has contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to a nonprofit group presently running television ads against Corbett.