The State Legislature and Governor Tom Corbett can take a deep breath now that a state budget has been signed. While the Governor and lawmakers were able to pass a budget on time for a third straight year, some of the Governor’s core agenda issues, including pension reform, liquor reform and transportation funding, fell short. State Rep Kate Harper says, pension reform is a top priority.
“If we do nothing, taxes will rise at the local level, your real estate taxes and at the state level, because the state and the school district is one half of the employer of the teacher or someone who works at the school. We’re really facing a spike in the necessary pension contribution.”
Harper was pleased that the budget did not include new taxes. The budget passed at just under 28-point-4 billion dollars. Harper was a guest on the am-edition Monday morning with Darryl Berger.