PA-BGT: Stalemate Hurting Wolf, State Legislators
With school districts and service providers looking at implementing severe cost-cutting measures, officials in Harrisburg are starting to feel some of the backlash.
Gov. Tom Wolf has come out especially bad after months of stalled negotiations and vetoes, with 41% of PA voters disapproving of his job performance, according to a recent Morning Call/Muhlenberg College poll. Just 13% disapproved of the first-year governor’s work in February.
The state legislature’s disapproval rating has jumped 18% over the same period, now up to 55%.
38% of the 457 PA voters surveyed said they blame the General Assembly for the budget impasse, while 24% blame Wolf. 29% said they blame both.
Wolf’s insistence on a natural gas severance tax is well-supported within the state, 63% for and 28% against.
Voters in the state are less skeptical about expanding gambling revenue streams to erase shortfalls in the budget, with 61% opposing the idea.