Protestors will greet incoming Governor-elect Tom Corbett at his Inauguration

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Governor-elect Tom Corbett officially takes over the reigns of Pennsylvania on Tuesday. The inauguration of the Commonwealth’s 46th governor has been scaled back not to include a parade, but its not all bare bones.

In the evening, Corbett is expected to make an appearance at a $150 a head ball. Private donations are being used to hold the gala event, still it has drawn the consternation of some, including Rock The Capital’s Eric Epstein, ”corporate sponsors want something more for their investment. Its a dressed form of pay to play.”

At least a couple of groups including an anti-drilling group and Gene Stilp’s Taxpayers and Ratepayers United organization intend to protest the inauguration. Stilp did not return a call to Rock The Capital.

Stilp told the Times-Tribune, “We want to make sure we have a lot of people in Harrisburg that day to protest his policies.” Stilp added, “They completely favor the gas drillers, the big corporations. They do not favor the citizens.”

Corbett received more than $1 million in campaign contributions from the oil and gas industry and has vowed not to enact a severance tax on gas drilling.

(Want to see what limited events are planned for Corbett’s inauguration, then click on Rock The Capital.)


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