Gov. Tom Corbett Defends His Budget

PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) – Gov. Tom Corbett released his state budget proposal on Tuesday.

It did not take long for critics and pundits to begin poking holes in it.

KDKA-AM’s Larry Richert and John Shumway talk to Gov. Corbett about what is in the budget and how it may affect you.

He covered several topics including transportation, education and welfare programs.

On the topic of transportation, Gov. Corbett addressed local concerns about the Port Authority. He said he cannot say that route cuts won’t be made, but says they are “working on some solutions.”

“But the thing I noted yesterday was this problem has been growing for decades,” he said. “One of the major issues in the problem, particularly when it comes to mass transit, is the issue of legacy costs and you can read that as pensions and the amount of money that goes into pensions. It is part of the problem with the state budget, the amount of money that we have to continue to add to pensions from decisions that were made 10, 15, 20 years ago. All of these are coming together all at one time.”

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