By Tony Romeo
HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) — Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett continues his efforts to reach agreement with legislative leaders, who still want to spend more than he does in the new state budget.
In Harrisburg today, Corbett told a gathering of the Insurance Federation of Pennsylvania that he believes the revenue picture has improved enough that the state can spend more than he originally proposed in February.
“I feel reasonably confident we’ll be able to increase the spend level to the budget,” he said. “The problem that I see is that we have infinite requests for the money to be spent, for a finite amount of money.”
In a question-and-answer session with reporters afterward, however, Corbett declined to discuss his priorities in the budget talks.
The GOP controls both the state House and Senate, but legislative leaders want to spend nearly a quarter of a billion dollars more than the Republican governor.
But Corbett, who is again pushing for money to be held in reserve in the new budget, says “there is room for movement.”