Corbett budget speech to kick off months of talks

    The annual Harrisburg ritual known as the governor’s budget address is about to bring Pennsylvania’s power elite to the state House chamber.

    The speech gives the governor a chance to review his record in office, lay out policy priorities and unveil his proposal for the coming year’s spending.

    When Gov. Tom Corbett climbs the dais in about three weeks to deliver his fourth budget address, he might be wondering if what he is about to say will either seal political defeat in November or send him on to a second term.

    The speech will accompany the release of the proposed budget, which will show what Corbett thinks should happen when talks with lawmakers intensify in May and June.

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