By Tony Romeo
HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) – Governor Corbett’s decision to trim legislative funding from the new state budget is shining a light on the rift between the Republican governor and the legislative leaders of his own party who control the House and Senate.READ MORE: Temple University Student Samuel Sean Collington Killed In Off-Campus Shooting In North Philadelphia
Still agitating for action on public pension reform, Governor Corbett signed the new budget, but line-item vetoed $72-million in legislative earmarks and operating expenses, saying lawmakers have ample reserve money they can tap into.
That brought this rebuke from Allegheny County Republican Mike Turzai, the House majority leader, on Thursday afternoon: “The governor’s actions today seem to us to be about politics and not about the hard work of governing.”READ MORE: Officials Introduce People Over Politics Petition Calling For Change In Rules For Pennsylvania Politicians
When asked if an override of the governor’s line-item vetoes is possible, Turzai said legislative leaders are discussing what approach to take.
Meanwhile, Senate GOP leaders released a statement saying they are “disappointed that the Governor has not, to date, been able to work effectively with the Republican majorities in the House and Senate” to address major fiscal issues.MORE NEWS: WATCH LIVE: Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach Nick Sirianni To Speak With Media Following Loss To New York Giants