Pennsylvania politics & the start of the Corbett era
January 28, 2011
Earlier this week, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett unveiled his long-awaited legislative reform package to provide more transparency about government spending, reduce waste, budget for two years at a time and cut off funding for lawmakers' pet projects. Corbett, who ran on the idea of shrinking and reforming state government, faces the challenge of reducing a $4 billion budget deficit. He's also promised to privatize state liquor stores, promote school choice, and curb lawsuit abuse. Can he deliver on his pledges? We talk Pennsylvania politics with BRAD BUMSTED, state capitol reporter for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, and SCOTT DETROW, who covers state politics for Pennsylvania's public radio stations, including WHYY. We'll also hear from TIM POTTS from Democracy Rising about the prospects for true reform in state government.