House Majority Leader Mike Turzai had some direct words last night on the question of the unsigned state budget.
The House late Monday sent Gov. Tom Corbett a $29.1 billion spending plan for the fiscal year that began Tuesday. Corbett announced he would withhold his signature while he reviews the plan (which cut spending from some of his proposals) and reminded legislators that he wants a bill reshaping pensions for future state and school workers.
Asked late Wednesday night about the possibility of Corbett vetoing the budget, Turzai said: "This budget is an outstanding budget. It's no tax increase. It's on time. It's responsible. It reflects the priorities of Pennsylvania. The budget ought to be signed."
He said, too, that it's now up to Corbett to deliver the final votes needed to pass a pension bill.
Turzai: "I invite Governor Corbett to get us the remaining votes because he has the capital as governor to get it done. We are very close. Typically what happens is governors close it. We need Governor Corbett to close it. He has that ability to do it because he's governor. We are very, very close to public pension reform."