Corbett outlines plans for reform

    One week after he was sworn into office, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett released his state government reform package.

    The three-page document includes a call for a 10 percent cut in administrative spending, and an improved online database documenting the state’s finances.

    Corbett’s plan emphasizes an idea he campaigned on: shifting from a one-year to two-year budget cycle.

    “Right now, 20 other states across the country are on a two-year budget cycle. I believe Pennsylvania needs to do the same. A biennial budget allows for a more focused and long-term analysis of government programs and the use of tax dollars,” said Corbett. “It makes it easier to control costs.

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    Corbett’s office released video and audio sound bites along with the reform press release.

    House Republican Majority Leader Mike Turzai said he’s open to considering Corbett’s two-year budget proposal, but he’s skeptical of the idea.

    Turzai argued it would be too difficult to project tax revenues that far into the future.

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