We’re pretty much in the same place today that we were yesterday.
In a press conference today, Governor Corbett repeated that he is looking over the budget and keeping “all options on the table”.
The Governor wants the legislature to act on pension reform yet his reluctance to issue an explicit veto threat has left the commonwealth in a sort of limbo.
He spent a significant portion of his statement on the 164 school districts who apparently said pension costs forced them to request increases in property taxes.
Corbett also made clear that he was upset to see the principal pension reform bill punted back to a committee.
“It was disappointing to see members use a procedural maneuver to disguise the fact that they cannot stand up to the special interests that are out there,” he said during his press conference.
When explicitly asked, the Gov. identified public sector unions as the special interest he was talking about. He also addressed the question of why a Republican Governor and Republican legislature can’t agree by insinuating that certain members of the GOP were susceptible to those special interests.
Yet he seemed to suggest its not his responsibility to win the votes of these lawmakers.
“I would note that there are some Republicans in Pennsylvania who aren’t voting with their leadership, and that — the leadership is going to have to work on,” he said.