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Unhappy Corbett signs budget, calls lawmakers back to focus on pension reform

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Gov. Tom Corbett said this morning that he signed the $29.1 billion state budget passed by lawmakers, but he isn't happy about it.

The governor line-item vetoed $65 million in General Assembly spending and an additional $7.2 million in legislative-designated spending. Lawmakers passed a $29.1 billion budget and other related legislation.

Corbett wants structural changes to the state's large public-sector pension plans, but lawmakers haven't gone along. The governor had strong words for lawmakers and demanded they return to Harrisburg "and enact meaningful pension reform." Corbett said he is reviewing four options.

"It's time to stop talking around the edges and enact meaningful reform" to the pension problem, the governor said.

If the pension system were reformed, the savings would go to education, people with disabilities and business recruitment, he added.

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