Republicans throw down the gauntlet for Wolf’s tax plan

Republicans throw down the gauntlet for Wolf’s tax plan

Pennsylvania’s budget stalemate took another turn Wednesday as Republican leaders threw down the gauntlet for Gov. Tom Wolf and legislative Democrats to whip enough votes in both caucuses to support what they say is Gov. Wolf’s revenue plan as of a September 11, 2015, budget negotiating meeting.

According to House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) and Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre), the plan will be brought up for a vote Wednesday, October 7. If it passes the House, it will be brought up for a vote in the Senate the following week.

“There seems to be some disbelief on behalf of the governor as to whether the votes are there or not [for personal income and sales tax increases] and we are at a fork in the road,” Rep. Reed added. “Next Wednesday, we are going to choose a path.”

He said if the votes are there for the tax plan, Republicans will move to put Gov. Wolf’s budget up for a vote, bringing the budget impasse to a close.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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VIDEO: Republicans will bring Wolf's budget plan to a vote on House floor next week

VIDEO: Republicans will bring Wolf's budget plan to a vote on House floor next week

During an afternoon press conference, House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) and Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) announced that they will bring Gov. Wolf's $33.8 budget plan to vote starting in the House next Wednesday.  

Wednesday, September 30, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Wolf, Scarnati exchange shots over budget impasse

Wolf, Scarnati exchange shots over budget impasse

Gov. Tom Wolf and Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) took to Pittsburgh’s KQV 1410 AM radio morning show Wednesday and exchanged shots over Pennsylvania’s continuing budget impasse.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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VIDEO: DePasquale discusses the budget impasse impact on school districts

VIDEO: DePasquale discusses the budget impasse impact on school districts

During a Tuesday morning press conference, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale shares how the continuing budget impasse is effecting Pennsylvania school districts. 

Tuesday, September 29, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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With stopgap budget vetoed, negotiators resume pointing fingers for failed budget agreement

Gov. Tom Wolf didn’t offer any surprises Tuesday as he followed through on his promise to veto the stopgap budget plan passed by the Republican controlled General Assembly.

Gov. Wolf said he vetoed the bills as soon as they were delivered to him on Tuesday.

“All of us want a budget, we don’t want stopgaps, we don’t want continuing resolutions, Pennsylvanians deserve a budget and one that actually works and funds schools,” he told a small gaggle of reporters awaiting his exit from the Capitol Tuesday afternoon.

“If we don’t do this right, we’re going to have a $3 billion deficit next year and we’re not going to be able to fund schools, we’re going to have huge cuts, and that’s not going to work."

Tuesday, September 29, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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