Just a month out from the budget deadline we witnessed the first real brouhaha of the session.
It all started with a legislative game of chicken.
The Republicans introduced a spending plan that didn’t include any of the Governor’s budget proposals. In response, the Democrats proposed an amendment to include Gov. Wolf’s plan to increase funding for schools in the hopes of getting Republicans on the record voting against it.
Instead, the GOP one upped the opposition by amending the bill with all of Governor Wolf’s proposed tax plans. The minority party had no desire to lose this battle, so they went against the bill as well.
As a result, the House unanimously voted the bill down.
Now PA Republicans can assert that Wolf’s program is so unpopular that nobody voted for it.
In fact, they already have.
National Republicans tried something similar back in 2012 in order embarrass President Obama in an election year.
Suffice to say, the Governor was upset (or as upset as he is physically able to get). He soon emerged for a quick press conference to denounce the maneuver.
“Let me just be clear, what the Republicans did just a few minutes ago, was a stunt,” Governor Wolf declared, using the word “stunt” repeatedly.
“It’s a funny way to start a conversation,” he concluded.
With just less than a month to go and both parties still preoccupied with gaining some political cover, it’s fair to say the prospects of an agreement don’t exactly appear great.