Governor Corbett Signs New State Budget

In a repeat performance, Gov. Tom Corbett signed another no-tax-hike state budget into law minutes before the fiscal year expired, leaving unresolved a charter school proposal that pushed negotiations to the deadline.

The final $27.66 billion budget package includes several significant victories for the Corbett administration, including a tax incentive aimed at luring a Shell Oil Co. plant to Beaver County, a measure to alter how teachers are evaluated, and a proposal to tame rising prison costs through targeted sentencing.

Mr. Corbett signed the general appropriations bill at 11:45 p.m., beating last year’s mark by two minutes. He waited for legislative leaders to join him before thanking them for delivering the budget.

“Hopefully we’re developing a habit, and I think the Pennsylvania citizens will appreciate that habit of on time,” Mr. Corbett said.

Click here to read the full article by Karen Langley and Laura Olson published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (July 1, 2012)


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