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Corbett's 4th budget takes risks to boost spending

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MARC LEVY
Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A big year for tax collections, some new sources of cash and delayed pension and health care bills are contributing to Gov. Tom Corbett's fourth and biggest spending plan for Pennsylvania state government.

The Republican governor delivered the proposal to lawmakers Tuesday.

Corbett's re-election year plan carries the biggest increase in tax collections and spending since he took office, and would include a big new grant program for public schools and more money for a range of social services.

It wouldn't raise taxes, but he's looking to newly legal gambling in bars and a stepped-up government collection of unclaimed money to help boost revenue.

To blunt rising pension and health care costs, he's counting on getting approval for plans to postpone some Medicaid and pension payments until later years.

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