A new budget proposal to boost Pennsylvania’s core state government spending by 3 percent was presented by Gov. Tom Corbett on February 5. The ambitious plan includes tax cuts for businesses, increasing public school support, and changes to public pensions. Corbett also called upon legislators to increase wholesale gas taxes to improve the state’s mass transit systems, bridges, and highways. This third annual plan by the Republican governor follows a risky political strategy of assuming his propositions will be approved by lawmakers, saving large costs.