After a 24-24 vote in the State Senate, Lt. Gov. Mike Stack cast his tiebreaker vote to kill a bill that proposed the elimination of school property taxes statewide.
An opportunity for the bill to be reintroduced remains as co-sponsor Sen. Wayne Fontana missed the vote, while Guy Reschenthaler will be sworn in Tuesday, giving Republicans a 31-19 majority in the state’s upper chamber.
On Monday, Gov. Tom Wolf told the PA Press Club he opposes the bill and called it a distraction. Wolf bemoaned the lack of GOP leadership after coming up short on votes for an agreement they made two weeks ago to end the 21-week stalemate.
“To a certain extent, our prolonged budget debate is a natural function of a divided government,” Wolf said. “No one can get everything she or he wants in such a government. Compromise is of the essence and many have tried to do just that – compromise.”
With Thanksgiving now just two days away, it seems hopes of a deal by Thanksgiving are set to be dashed.