HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Corbett signed the state budget 10 days late today and used his line-item veto to strike $65 million from the General Assembly’s own appropriation, urging a renewed effort to cut public-sector pensions for newly hired teachers and state workers.
Corbett, a Republican, said he wanted to avoid any more school districts raising property taxes to cover their pension obligations.
He cut $7.2 million in spending designated by the Legislature, noting that the proposal sent to him last week increased the General Assembly’s own $320 million budget by 2 percent and included $5 million for parking.
“They filled the budget with discretionary spending and then refused to deal with the biggest fiscal challenge facing Pennsylvania,” Corbett said in a Capitol news conference.
The pension systems represent a growing financial strain on state government and local school districts, but despite pressure from Corbett over the past couple years, no deal has made it to his desk.