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Pennsylvania Governor-elect Corbett plans to hit the ground running

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November 30, 2010

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania: Governor-elect Tom Corbett has made no bones about the fact that when he is sworn in next January he plans to hit the ground running. To this end he has often pointed to the job done by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican who has garnered national attention during his first year in office. Christie, whom Corbett has referred to as his "role model," has dramatically cut spending and the size of government in order to deal with a $10 billion budget deficit.[1] Corbett, who will have a $4 billion budget deficit to deal with, has consistently said he would not raise state taxes. He will present his first budget in March.[2]

Within a week after being elected, Corbett announced the major players in his transition team, which is headed by two lobbyists who both served as advisors to former Gov. Tom Ridge.[3] Corbett has said that he plans to send a government reform package to the legislature during his first week in office, and will work to privatize the state-owned liquor store system. The transition team is having their initial meeting on November 30. Corbett stated that choosing a budget secretary is top priority.[4]

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