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Corbett Banking On Improving Economy To Back Up Budget Proposal

(Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett.  File photo by Mario Tama/ Getty Images)

(Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett. File photo by Mario Tama/ Getty Images)

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

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Governor Corbett is relying on rosy economic projections to support the budget proposal he rolled out this past week.

In December, Charles Zogby – Governor Corbett’s budget secretary – projected a deficit well north of a billion dollars in the coming fiscal year. But on Tuesday, that deficit was gone, apparently erased by one-time funding sources and an overall projected increase in revenues of a hefty four percent.

In a briefing for reporters, Zogby defended the optimistic revenue projection, citing the state’s economic forecasting consultant and other mainstream economists predicting an uptick in activity:

Charles Zogby briefing reporters last week. (Credit: Tony Romeo)

Charles Zogby briefing reporters last week. (Credit: Tony Romeo)

“Global Insight is also forecasting a continued decline in the U-S unemployment rate… all of that positive economic activity helping us as a Commonwealth in terms of our revenue,” Zogby said.

Top legislative Democrats dismissed the governor’s budget proposal is election year gimmickry.

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