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.

    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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