PA-BGT: Houses Passes Budget, Wolf Pledges to Veto (VIDEO)

Let the games begin.

The deadline to sign a new budget is midnight on Tuesday, June 30th and we look set to zoom right by it.

Governor Wolf has some grand goals, including restructuring the tax code (income and sales taxes would go up while property taxes would go down) as well adding a severance tax on natural gas drilling in order to improve school funding.

Republicans in the legislature, however, still dream of what they couldn’t achieve in the Corbett Administration, like pension reform and privatizing the state liquor business.

Wolf believes his ten-point victory in the midst of a GOP wave earned him a mandate. Legislative Republicans feel that GOP wave, and their contributions to it, prove Wolf’s win was a fluke (caused by Corbett’s exceptionally awful political skills) and that the state still values conservative priorities.

“Ray Charles could see this one…back in November,” Sen. Vincent Hughes put it perfectly.

Still, this was a slow-motion stand-off as much more attention these first few months has been focused on Governor Wolf’s appointment battles than the budget.

We’ve only just recently gotten to the point where both sides are making their first moves.

On Saturday, the House Republicans passed a $30.1 billion budget filled with solely their own priorities.

The day before, Gov. Wolf pre-empted their effort by pledging to veto this budget if it passes the Senate on Tuesday.

Additionally, the Governor’s office is already trying fervishly to frame the debate and they’ve even created a new PAC to convince Pennsylvanians of their positions.

To make a long story short: It’s going to be a long, long summer. We’ll make sure, though, to keep you updated as events progress.

One Response

  1. Only one percent of Pennsylvanians consider privatization of the liquor stores a priority. Pension reform will end up in the courts and the state will lose. Meanwhile, nothing gets done for retirees, children and the average citizen sandwiched between the generations. What brilliant minds we have in the Pennsylvania legislature. PA — Progress? What progress? They cannot even discuss the macro economic ramifications of the bills and the budget the legislature is serving up. Please, Independent Fiscal Office, please weigh in soon.

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