PA-BGT: Capitol Games
Gov. Tom Wolf and GOP legislative leaders have been fighting for support from “rank-and-file Republicans” in the House, who are key to passing any budget legislation.
It now seems at least two of these “rank-and-file” House Republicans are ready to fight back.
GOP Reps. Eli Evankovich and Jim Cox are trying to force Wolf into vetoing his own funding, in the event the Governor tries to take away General Assembly appropriations, according to John L. Micek of PennLive.
The House is scheduled to vote Tuesday on a short-term spending plan to relieve the state’s schools and service providers of some of their dire financial stresses.
Evankovich told PennLive his proposal would put the administration’s and the General Assembly’s funding into the same line item of the short-term budget, forcing the first-year Democratic Governor to spite himself if he is to take away the legislature’s funding.
Wolf, along with House Democrats and both parties in the State Senate, opposes the idea of a short-term plan, instead trying to push forward with legislative leaders on a $30.8 billion spending plan accompanied with a billion-dollar tax increase.