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Governor Corbett Interview

Jul 29, 2014|

WILK's L.A. Tarone's exclusive interview with Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett.

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And on and lose break airline -- right now is governor Tom Corbett governor good evening thank you for being here tonight to thank you read -- really -- now I'm pretty good pretty good bomb. So many things to talk about but I think I should start with. What many of us believe has been the most pressing problem in this commonwealth for a long time that is that pension debt fifty billion. Dollars and you have. Tried to take it on. And you -- a lot of mock resistance from the general assembly. Talk about the tension dad as a whole and how we should deal with. -- at all people who don't machine that there were some obligation to pay income pensioner fortunately -- we -- that we didn't see in the enough. He -- go out -- who -- the long before I was governor and governor you know I think the formula for the you -- with somebody who wouldn't be and -- think -- -- and how will you know indoor and different right now. What. On the game seemingly in gross. I'm by sixty million dollars every year he. Solid green complex you were 210. I don't know you can secure governor -- the we have less than your destiny here I'm probably here. By 72 fiscal years 3.3 billion dollar -- -- budget is going to be pension obligations. This goes to continue to systems is completely consistent of a pilot commuted the judge did she. -- so they didn't people who work for the state. Owned media would have definitely stayed. Including consistently is that one and then the State's -- system. Who contribute -- that only the school districts. I spent to make you are seeing your school district taxes going up significant human and you know theater district 360 treated there. Flu can go above the index -- more -- by law because they need to contribute more to depend consistent and I. You -- -- have learned that completely complete numbers. Southern district and then come Rockwell type with the people car. Last week in the air is crucial in the extreme years it's -- astronomical as to retrieve old. A look at until the usual big. You mentioned a couple of govern governors and other reserve decision made in the general assembly's -- and -- and I remember writing about this when I was working in a newspaper at the time that. Times were good we can use some money for other things. Some of the union's increase their benefits to retirees he here's a little bit more so we've got everybody back at that time was just. Very irresponsible. And I you got to deal with it 81012. Years later. Well what do you think you can describe the way ever way you want -- need to know it was a mistake. Who knew what those people. Those members of the legislature aren't in -- DreamWorks are Tomlin still left over that something makes it continue to take down the road because. We're really going into the future curriculum here grandchildren. Here are great great contributors to Italian paper or -- I don't know were not wise decision to. I'm. Of about four years ago I had does they represented ten Krieger on this program you know first guy who introduced a bill. That would replace. He defined benefit system what we call a pension plan with a 401K. Any couldn't get much support around it at that time. Bill that idea anyway is still floating around and it is part of your program is that. Blew my initial orders to actually take post them on right now. I don't know how -- -- police. And he but no clue and move to legislation to deal with -- -- you practically NBA would be effective. -- judges -- reaching out and then who don't myriad of bill now that we via hybrid bill. These first 50000 dollars -- -- revenue or create a big come to an individual would be subject. Benefit program. Then that's exactly what that anything beyond that we go into prime contribution great player so code base so its hybrid. We listened to the public's experience. The general assembly would not deal with that bill. Are you can -- lagging well I read the you're considering. I'm asking the general assembly to get back into session a special session just to deal with pensions are gonna do that. Well when I was UN salute the leadership but I would traders. I showed them what we're Monday on the -- industry how that goes to try to believe that we can still get something done. I won't buy a beer or you know we have to make a decision here consistent something that has. So stoic and we'll work out in the brilliant start about how. I'm digging a hole could only apply to new police -- at least Sunday continue to dig a hole deeper. I'm going to come back in the years after the military taking on these existing systems -- actually pictures. Natalie consistently we'll look at the current. Look forward fighting to protect those people that are entrances to bring them can picture they have a pension system Kirk they can go in the good team twice a year. Now I BA is worth noting that most tensions in the private sector are are long gone and I'm glad you well underscored the fact it is new employees only but it but even if you do that -- in -- everybody were to have about meeting of the minds. And okay we're gonna adopt a hybrid system. He's still have that fifty billion dollar bill out there. -- heard about dealing with data retire again at some point and again have to talk about either increasing contributions. Deep freezing benefits or a combination thereof or another revenue source. Well -- absolutely that there you're immediately you can achieve it. You know you need you of course we will move to court now I think we have to take a look at it you know we will go to court because it is. -- outnumbered. Lou the -- received the benefit of it I think they have a conflict of interest but a lot of things can be used as they had to be. So political backbone you know and new legislation to take this on. No election this year. We'll move would have to -- may be next here you have a rule we can look at the existing system. But this year we just got to look at getting the people into this system. And and it's sort of related yet it's kind of separate there's a big problem with municipal pensions is a -- state pensions is trying to Scranton you were tea and talking. From a few miles from the city that has a huge. Air and problem hazel and write down the road as a huge pension problem. Is this something that the commonwealth is gonna have to deal with at some point. Well okay place and can problem. In the states in this chase and take a look at it. I'm. Looking to a live this has to be legislation until put that. How low will include twenty -- legislation -- miniature -- that the legislation coming into the general assembly. Not very if we email and then press so -- re election almost impossible. Gentry municipal police in this new the first step of many steps -- people stepping up and and encourage you to conduct some. Mama you just mentioned the pensions are adding to were the property tax bill. For a school districts what about education spending. You're getting hammered by your opponent you well -- a million dollars. From a public education and I want the budget -- you proposed twelve billion dollars in spending. On now public education this year and that's highest amount ever. Well you re right yeah and this is something that -- -- -- -- Now -- -- -- the -- were really maybe the Democrats can't -- and neo leadership and they had teacher union. And then they moved from the data we have our first budget -- I grew -- into complete pro couldn't do not -- -- in education. Oh no I don't know if you when they reduce state spending. And -- -- humanitarian who replaced him with a one time stimulus money religious authority. -- and that would -- to communicate who really know what was going to be gone past. And you got a little bit and I comfortable we were gonna attack not my thing and increased active wild -- -- We have a guy who can actually blew. Liberal opponent but in the meantime we've been able to grow education planning to what I spoke. Ever ask a who broke through my and then then -- -- -- well Amtrak but they will not give acknowledgment of the good that you keep you know. Well week -- -- -- -- know we didn't learn her current -- there will come down to it Matt. If you subtract from my doubt in England. So money even in the different tired you know you have to -- that took place earlier you know like a -- You know and -- I have a chart that shows in under governor Ed Rendell the ST eight Sierra. A basic education had fallen all the way down to about four point one billion dollars in measures and recovered doubt with. Stimulus money the bad thing out of that is at that stimulus money was supposed to be used for roads and bridges and -- I don't like you were -- we've got the mess we have now this state. That's exactly right. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- And well here and have proved that you can go to help build up the road in the future and maybe we wouldn't have had such a problem. That money would be -- fair when they cutting education. Iowa State -- and money back in his administration. We mentioned we're just talking about education spending and its affect on property tackle -- we spend education. And I don't know -- you have this conversation on the phone but I mean. There's the dispute of should we do ESL or should we do Immersion. I should -- heterogeneous grouping is vs somewhere genius groupies and of course you're a former public schoolteacher so you know what all that is. How involved should you and your office yet. And why do you spend on education and in what areas. Well I think because of the people think about it island. This vehicle district with a certain. You -- Murray. Communications -- you point me in the motor guy Ares would have to participate even if the negotiations or contract shouldn't teachers and chemical district. -- to Michael Moore. Until -- -- to -- how much money we can contribute and how much money to the country actually you should look and really could there. The temple coordinates into the bank would have no -- to keep in New York. And more multi well a lot of things out there -- dead -- my exclude Julius and torque but to drive the right now and what is causing. -- that seeks to. Wounded sitting there -- particularly eager to see into the classroom. You can crank this -- we can't look at the more money could go into education. To go into. Agricultural include. Until then the total fluke and I know people who would have pretty cool little bit the only sure way to -- -- we know our real impact we can we get sent to your money that's one way to go look somewhere and 41 income of forty treat you think. Content that every you know revenue that we we hate to say. Go to convention. That is an astounding figure 63. Cents of every dollar. -- cash every category renewed her route why can't. We're talking about transportation I got a call from somebody right before. You came on tonight and he said he's asked the governor about. Act 44 that was also kind of a left over from the Rendell administration. And it's resulted in the turnpike commission. Almost bankrupt and annual automatic hikes in tolls on the turnpike should we repeal -- 44. Well really -- clip before but we got kind of revenue reported doing because what it would look like they want money money -- -- and -- I've been doing he blew it took a bite to read up front the way we've shown he's. I don't know if you know who don't know they did a great team here that democratic speaker -- and I don't borrow money. And move he will what can not. And let out a bad thing you can continue to wait until every year you -- And and that does her work in device and they just cause a drive and from Wilkes-Barre Allentown that seven box. I mean I -- day that's a lot of -- an addition to the gas prices everything else that's a lot of money. February -- asked about a guy and I know I don't have too much time let me ask you got a few other -- subjects. I do you broach this over the weekend. With the administration the federal administration. And the miners on the border. What about them coming to Pennsylvania on announce my understanding is that there are already here and mechanics -- Bethlehem and somewhere near Pittsburgh and any thoughts on that. Well what they don't play until we didn't Wear -- heads up from the department. Oh -- You great content in Washington to -- now. We can't let me play you know he's got a little Eritrean and secretary and the -- could -- Well -- got an entrepreneur and many great coach -- -- president and less important no particular food -- round and we knew right. I know we -- -- -- pretty young people who you can you can you speak well eleven year old. You're leaving home learned -- -- the country because lunch you can admire your country anymore. Iron 200 QW that you're reading you can only. I am trying to argue and you know I mutual respect for weeks you have to be -- A little -- to protect you could Barbara and me. Well encountered their own little community we -- make sure you have these troops to come from all of our children have been inoculated. And it -- know that what I was told that they had. Absolutely and -- student who -- If you. Do we want you to repeat these entitlement. Eight -- round location. But aluminum and whoever I don't location and -- do go -- noted. But a lot of different. You can -- -- -- it -- to -- recruit to your country of origin. You know. We'll be hearing which all coming up how close we are required but the good news quoted companies and oh did you think there education. Now under Pennsylvania -- some of those would have been going so called age appropriate classes and I can be a little bit of a problem. But they're great and I -- house bill 76 -- one that eliminates property taxes. Bob for funding schools I know it's still stuck in committee I don't know that it's getting out of it in the rest of this session. If straighten wordy get out of bed and it would reach your gas would you sign it I. So comfortable little Hillary because there were no looting everything. You -- I think that the -- you know openly in media interest. Do you. No -- is going to reduce you know everything you can manually need to really keep the revenue up there trying to bottle can continue to grow -- obligation continue to go. And it's a -- He doesn't know competitive pressures that are going on the political watchers. -- nine on just about out of time a let me squeeze in one question this is -- pet peeve of mine for years. I think Pennsylvania needs a lot claim law a law that will target these idiots who crews in the left plane. And tied up traffic around and I talked to somebody from Colorado last week. Based they have a very good what would you sign a bill that would increase the penalties for -- players on the highways is -- you travel around -- -- US renteria like I don't. Well we do have a look at who we had to you know when I would what do -- drive I'm. To go away when there every field and it's been re crazy I -- -- to. I blew up 29 dollars. I know that did and it's not clear course anyway I think it would -- -- -- It would increase them and truly. Now it's our governor Corbett I appreciate you taking time if you're happen to be in this part of my Pennsylvania. I'd love daddy names in for a full hour in studio we can work that you do. What -- -- hero they tried thank you very much governor thank you.