How Will Corbett Address His Hypocrisy and Flip-Flops in Tonight’s Debate?

How Will Corbett Address His Hypocrisy and Flip-Flops in Tonight’s Debate?

Harrisburg, PA – For several months, Tom Corbett has been caught staking out staggeringly hypocritical and inconsistent positions on everything from spending to his health reform law suit. Tonight, Tom Corbett will be forced to defend his positions in a debate with Dan Onorato.

“Tom Corbett’s hypocrisy and inconsistency has been on full display over the course of the campaign,” said Mark Nicastre, spokesman with the Pennsylvania Democratic Party. “Tom Corbett talks tough on spending, but he’s requested massive spending increases for his office. He joined a law suit to repeal health reform, but he’s praised the law. Corbett said he’d oppose raising “fees” as part of his no tax pledge, but he’s recently changed his mind. You simply can’t trust anything Tom Corbett says. Tom Corbett will have a hard time defending himself at tonight’s debate.”

Spending

This year, Tom Corbett requested a 13 percent spending increase for his office. [Intelligencer Journal, 9/9/2010]

Tom Corbett has requested a spending increase each year in office. “Corbett’s proposed spending in increases for his state offices have ranged from 3.9 percent during the 2008-09 fiscal year to a high of 13 percent for the 2010-11 fiscal year.” [PA2010, 9/15/10]

Tom Corbett refused to reduce spending in his office just a few weeks ago. When asked to reduce his own discretionary spending by just 1.9 percent, Corbett refused, saying “I am not making any pledge” to do so. [PoliticsPA, 8/27/2010]

Health Care

Earlier this year, Tom Corbett joined a law suit to repeal health reform with other right-wing Attorney Generals, but last week Corbett said, “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) offers great opportunity to extend coverage to thousands more people throughout Pennsylvania…” [Corbett website].

Taxes

Corbett has supported massive tax increases. As a Shaler Township Commissioner, Tom Corbett raised property taxes by 20 percent in his only budget vote and earlier this year Corbett flip flopped on tax increases. In January, Corbett said tax increases were “a last resort” but he refused to rule them out. Only a month later, he signed the no tax increase pledge that he touts in his new ad. [Capitolwire, 1/9/2010 and Associated Press, 8/24/10]

Corbett has been inconsistent on fee increases. In March, Corbett told KDKA that his no tax pledge prevented him from increasing fees, but in August a Corbett staffer told reporters that fees were not included in the pledge. [KDKA, 3/8/2010 and Capitolwire, 8/25/2010]

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