Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett’s Legacy of Conservative Policies and Reforms

           Tom Corbett, a Republican, today completed his four-year term as the 46th Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Last November, I summarized Corbett’s record in a series of posts: Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett’s Record of Reforms and Improvements, http://williamcinfici.blogspot.com/2014/11/pennsylvania-governor-tom-corbetts.html, and Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett’s Pro-Life Record, http://williamcinfici.blogspot.com/2014/11/the-pro-life-record-of-pennsylvania.html.

To update his record, I note he recently signed legislation requiring the NCAA’s $60 million fine against Pennsylvania State University to remain in the Keystone State, dedicated to anti-child abuse measures.  

There were also several partial, temporary accomplishments worth noting.  Corbett signed a voter identification law, which had been implemented on a trial basis before an unfavorable court ruling.  Through his executive actions and court cases, he delayed the redefinition of legal marriage to include same-sex unions.  Corbett delayed the costly expansion of Medicaid, an inefficient federal welfare program and instead substituted a market-based offering that incentivized looking for work and making healthy choices.  

As with anything else in history, perspective will allow a better interpretation of Corbett’s record as Pennsylvania Governor, but his numerous accomplishments in only one term were significant in helping to restore Pennsylvania’s budget and economy and to provide better government and advance conservative principles of fiscal responsibility, security, health and morals, education, environmentally responsible energy, federalism and liberty.  

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