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Corbett Begins Developing Battle Plan In Event Of Future Military Base Cuts

Governor Tom Corbett announces new military base commission at PA National Guard facility in Harrisburg. (credit: Tony Romeo)

Governor Tom Corbett announces new military base commission at PA National Guard facility in Harrisburg. (credit: Tony Romeo)

(Capitol dome, Harrisburg, Pa.   File photo) Tony Romeo
  Tony Romeo is Harrisburg bureau chief for KYW Newsradio...
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By Tony Romeo

HARRISBURG (CBS) — Governor Corbett has created another new commission — this one to study and advocate for Pennsylvania’s military bases.

Governor Corbett says the new panel will monitor federal activities that might affect Pennsylvania’s military bases. The biggest federal activity that can affect the state’s bases is known as BRAC – the Base Closure and Realignment Commission – the last round of which took place in 2005. The governor says he wants to make sure Pennsylvania is ready for the next round of BRAC cuts, when they come.

“We’re the sixth largest state,” Corbett says. “And I want to make sure that we’re doing everything that we can to assist the decision-makers in Washington to be fair about these decisions.”

The governor says one purpose of his new panel is to get everyone in Pennsylvania on the same page so that the response to any proposed BRAC cuts is focused. He says his sales pitch will be much the same as it is to the private sector — that sixty-percent of the nation’s population is within a long day’s drive of Pennsylvania.

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