Can Corbett keep his no-tax-hike pledge?

You would expect to hear at least some people in the state saying no, the Republican nominee for governor cannot reasonably keep this pledge. You might expect to hear it from his Democratic opponent, for instance. But you probably wouldn't expect to hear the Republican Senate majority leader saying it.

"I don't see how he can do it, frankly," Pileggi, of Delaware County, said in response to a question while speaking to the Pennsylvania Press Club.


Corbett made a no-tax pledge this year with Americans for Tax Reform.

"I'm not privy to the thinking of Tom Corbett," said Pileggi, who talked about a $4 billion to $5 billion deficit next year because Pennsylvania will lose federal stimulus money and become responsible for increased state pension costs.

I don't know much about the political or personal history between Pileggi and Corbett, so I don't know if that's a factor here, but in any event, here's more from Pileggi from the PA Indepedent:

“It will be an extremely challenging year next year, and to get through that year without any sort of tax increase…Maybe that’s the next major policy announcement that General Corbett will be making to show us how we do that. He hasn’t shared it with us in this budget cycle; I’m hoping that he has some idea."

It does seem fair for Pileggi to ask his party's gubernatorial candidate to share his ideas for balancing the budget at a time when the state is struggling to balance its budget -- does it not?

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