Pennsylvania legislative leaders say they may file a lawsuit against Gov. Tom Corbett for blocking earmarks in a non-budget bill earlier this month.
“Let them,” Corbett said. But he said Monday he doesn’t think it’s likely.
“I don’t think they’re going to do it,” he said.
Corbett vetoed $7.2 million in earmarks for items including lawmakers’ parking, sewage planning and natural gas drilling research.
House and Senate leaders have said the governor overstepped his constitutional authority when he moved to strike certain earmarks from a piece of legislation that accompanied the state budget.
They are not contesting Corbett’s use of a line-item veto there to strike $65 million from the legislature’s own funding, which was included in the state budget.