There have been no winners in the two and a half months of political posturing over the PA state budget.
A recent Harper Poll shows 35% of voters in the state blame both Gov. Tom Wolf and GOP legislative leaders for the state’s inability to enact a spending plan. 31% blame only Wolf, while another 31% place the blame at the feet of Republicans in the State Legislature.
Unsurprisingly, 52% of Republicans blame the first-year Democratic governor and 53% percent blame the GOP-led General Assembly.
With Gov. Tom Wolf and GOP legislative leaders desperately trying to push through their agendas, there has been very little good news out of Harrisburg.
Nonprofit organizations and social service agencies are dipping into reserve funds and scaling back day-to-day operations as a result of the budget standoff.
Erie is even considering a temporary shutdown of all its schools as it struggles to meet payroll obligations.
Still, only 11% of Pennsylvanians say that the “ongoing failure to pass a state budget” has had a significant impact on them. Another 21% say they have felt “somewhat of an impact.”
62% of voters are mostly unaffected by the state’s lack of a budget, with of them 27% feeling no impact at all, though that number will surely drop as the impasse drags on.
Harper Polling surveyed 700 likely voters land line interviews conducted using Interactive Voice Response (IVR) on September 9th and 10th. The margin or error is +/- 3.7%.