Here’s Gov. Tom Corbett’s full budget speech. (Live coverage here.) His office notes that it is “as prepared for delivery,” so there may be slight differences from what he actually says this morning.
Speaker Smith, President Pro Tempore Scarnati, Republican Leaders Pileggi and Turzai, Democrat Leaders Costa and Dermody, Lieutenant Governor Cawley, members of the General Assembly, the best First Lady in the country Susan Corbett, members of my cabinet, friends and fellow citizens:
Thank you all very much.
This is the fourth time I have come here to present a budget to the general assembly, and it’s always a privilege. Today, I’ve brought along some special guests.
They represent the men and women of this state who wear the uniform of our country, and the many who have served in theaters of war. This past year, the 104th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, a unit of the Pennsylvania National Guard, completed a deployment in Afghanistan. Our guests are among the brave and highly skilled Apache helicopter pilots who carried out that mission. We are proud to have the Apaches based in Pennsylvania.
Recently though, the Army announced a plan to take many of these helicopters with their pilots out of Pennsylvania.
Along with Adjutant General Wesley Craig, I am going to fight to keep them here.