Taking care of business
“Mr. (Daryl) Metcalfe should worry about his own business,” Gov. Tom Corbett told the media on July 2. He was responding to my comments regarding his failure to complete the budget on time this year because he spent too much time on his other proposals before the Legislature. He also claimed the budget was “on time.”
The budget deadline is June 30 of each year. On July 1, I was still casting votes on budget-package bills. The Senate rejected a budget-related bill on July 3 and on July 15, we held a voting session to complete the budget process of 2013.
I agree with the governor on two of the three proposals he offered to the Legislature. We should get the state out of the liquor business by privatizing the state stores, and we should change the government pension systems to be more like private-sector retirement plans, which will protect taxpayers.
I disagree with Corbett's gas-tax proposal, which could increase pump prices by 28 cents per gallon. His proposal would also funnel hundreds of millions of dollars into mass transit, not roads and bridges.
I have served in the Legislature during four gubernatorial administrations. As a member of the legislative branch, I have a constitutional responsibility to work as a balance of power to the other two branches of our state government. I opposed Gov. Tom Ridge's use of tax dollars for stadiums. I opposed Gov. Ed Rendell's tax and fee increases. I oppose Corbett's gas-tax increase.
Gov. Corbett said I should worry about my own business. I have a message for Gov. Corbett: State government is my business, and I will continue my fight to protect the taxpayers.
The writer is the Republican state representative of the 12th Legislative District, which includes southeastern Butler County.