Both Parties Expect Quick Budget Process in House
Governor Tom Wolf’s proposed budget calls for increases in education and elderly and disabled services as well as the severance tax on natural gas he has proposed every year and a fee for state police coverage.
The House GOP sees that education spending will likely increase, but other spending remains unclear.
“That’s where the performance-based budgeting comes in. You know, what programs are working? What isn’t?” House GOP spokesman Steve Miskin told State House Sound Bites.
House Democrats agree that the numbers will have to be looked at before completely going along with Wolf’s proposal.
“The math is the ever-present question. Last year’s budget, in our view, contained a lot of one-time fixes that will not be available this year, so everyone needs to take a look at the books and ensure that there is sufficient money on hand to pay for what we need to do in the next year,” House Democratic spokesman Bill Patton told State House Sound Bites.
With this year being an election year for Wolf, half of the state Senate and the entirety of the state House passing a budget on time will help a lot of incumbents in the fall.
State Rep. Seth Grove put it into slightly more stark terms.
“It’s an election year. My guess is, June 28th or 29th leadership drops a budget on us–it might be good–and then they’ll say, ‘Well here’s your budget, if you don’t vote for it you’re probably going to lose the election in the fall,” Grove told State House Sound Bites.