By Steve Esack, Call Harrisburg Bureau
11:18 p.m. EDT, June 29, 2014
HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Corbett said Sunday he has not ruled out a veto of the state budget if lawmakers do nothing to address pension debt costs that are eating up more and more taxpayer money.
Corbett made that announcement at a news conference in his Capitol office as lawmakers continued their annual frenetic dance of trying to pass a new budget by 11:59 p.m. Monday.
If pension reforms are not made, Corbett said, local property taxes will keep rising to cover escalating costs to pay off old pension debt, not help students, Corbett said.
“We are seeing high pension costs killing our school districts all across Pennsylvania,” Corbett said. “I’m urging the Legislature to continue to work on pension reform.”
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By Steve Esack, Morning Call, 6/29/14