Gov. Cor­bett is go­ing to have a tough time try­ing to sell his cur­rent bud­get agenda

The Willow Grove Guide - - OPINION -

kets and other pri­vate re­tail­ers. He says the move would raise an ad­di­tional $1 bil­lion that he would use for block grants to pub­lic schools.

• $nG Ln RnH RI thH PRVt SURElem­atic is­sues, the gov­er­nor is play­ing a bit of se­man­tics in a bid to raise mil­lions of dol­lars for in­fra­struc­ture and trans­porta­tion, ar­eas that direly need it and which have been ig­nored far too long. To get the money, Cor­bett sug­gests lift­ing the Oil Com­pany FUDnFhLVH TDx FDS tR finDnFH D fiYH-yHDU, $5 ELOOLRn SODn tDUget­ing roads, bridges and mass tran­sit. The move would cause an­other spike in gas prices, at a time when prices at the pump al­ready are ap­proach­ing record highs. Ex­perts in­di­cate lift­ing the cap could cost a nickel a year, or about a quar­ter a gal­lon in­crease RYHU thH fiYH-yHDU GuUDtLRn.

Cor­bett de­serves ini­tial ku­dos for coming out of his shell and de­liv­er­ing an am­bi­tious bud­get plan that would mark a huge change and a last­ing im­pres­sion on the com­mon­wealth. It ap­pears he is now ready to gov­ern and lobby hard for what he wants.

But now comes the hard part. The gov­er­nor is hit­ting the road to sell his plan. He will need to sum­mon traits he has not dis­played in his first two years.

Oth­er­wise, it will be one more bud­get ren­di­tion of “Ground­hog Day” in a state that has heard this kind of grand talk too many times.

ThH flRRU’V yRuUV, JRYHUnRU. Now all you have to do is close the deal.

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