One Week and Still No Budget

By Ashley Doerzbacher

Published 07/06 2014 07:10PM

Updated 07/06 2014 07:12PM

ALTOONA – It’s been nearly one week now without a state budget, and members of both parties aren't sure when, or if, Governor Tom Corbett is going to sign it. If he doesn't sign the budget by July 10, however, it will automatically become state law.
Governor Corbett has said he wants pension reform and liquor privatization before he puts his signature on this year's budget. His fellow republicans are asking him to sign it, and work on pension reform in the fall. They're worried about the long term effects of finances and what this could do to the stat's bond rating.
Democrats, on the other hand, want to see a natural gas tax be enacted to bring in some revenue. None of them in the senate or the house voted in favor of the budget.
Both parties are blaming their counterparts for playing election year politics, instead of working for the tax payers.

"Democrats are holding out, it's an election year for them” said Senator John Eichelberger (R) 30th District. “They don't want to give the governor any help at all this year and its unfortunate that that kind of gamesmanship with the budget and some other important issues."
"The Republican Party wants to get their act together because here they are, they have the general assembly, they have they Governor's Mansion, yet here we sit, without a budget," said Tor Michaels, Chief of Staff for Representative Scott Conklin (D) 77TH District.
Corbett has until July 10 to either sign this budget, or make line item vetoes to certain parts. If he vetoes the entire thing, the state will operate under last year’s budget.

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