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Corbett Unveils His 2013-14 Budget Plan For Pennsylvania

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(Gov. Corbett addresses the Pennsylvania legislature.  Credit: Tony Romeo)

(Gov. Corbett addresses the Pennsylvania legislature. 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, Pa. (CBS) — Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett rolled out a wide-ranging agenda as he delivered his budget address to the legislature this afternoon.

As he unveiled his spending priorities, Corbett said the federal government has failed to provide clear answers about what an expansion of Medicaid would cost Pennsylvania.

“Without serious reforms, it would be financially unsustainable for the taxpayers.  And I cannot recommend a dramatic Medicaid expansion,” he said.

And while on one hand proposing a slight decrease in the Liquid Fuel Tax paid at the pump, the governor proposed a considerably larger increase in the gasoline tax at the wholesale level to raise new funds for roads, bridges, and mass transit.

He also wants to save money by requiring vehicle registration renewals every two years, license renewals every six years, and through the elimination of registration stickers.

Corbett added that he wants to save millions by reforming the pensions of state and school employees. His budget proposes a slight increase for basic education.

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