Reader Poll: Who Is to Blame For the Budget Stalemate?

Harrisburg-Capitol-steps2Pennsylvania’s budget is still missing a revenue plan to balance out the spending plan that was passed in June, and we want to know who is to blame.  

The state House held a weekend session to try to pass a revenue plan, but ended early without any movement.  The state Senate is meeting this week to pick up where they left off in the process.  Governor Wolf has kept a low profile throughout the process, drawing criticism from Republicans.  

The main voices have been Governor Tom Wolf, state Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson), state Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre), state Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny), state House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny), state House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana), and House Minority Leader Frank Dermody (D-Allegheny).  

So we want to know, who is to blame for the budget stalemate?


Who is to blame for the budget stalemate?

  • House Speaker Mike Turzai (67%)
  • Governor Tom Wolf (22%)
  • Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (5%)
  • Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (3%)
  • House Majority Leader Dave Reed (2%)
  • House Minority Leader Frank Dermody (1%)
  • Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa (1%)

Total Voters: 905

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19 Responses

  1. pa is screwed as long as Wolfe pack is in office. Only thing Dimms know raise taxes on anything and everything. As long they are in office we pay for them they could care less about the rest of us. No ideas no imagination!!!!!!

  2. Thanks for your post! Through your pen I found the problem up interesting! I believe there are many other people who are interested in them just like me! How long does it take to complete this article? I have read through other blogs, but they are cumbersome and confusing. I hope you continue to have such quality articles to share with everyone!

  3. Turzai is the only member of leadership trying to fight against a tax increase. We should be thanking him, not blaming him.

  4. Lack of political courage by the leadership except for increasing utility taxes on wage earners.

  5. That Mike Turzai is to blame is the bipartisan consensus. By all accounts – Republican and Democratic – negotiations were going well until he blew them up.

  6. How come the Senate gets away scot free for passing a package that literally everyone knew the House GOP wouldn’t support? The fact that the House package was more realistic in its spending figure is just a bonus that they were the most responsible in terms of actual fiscal issues.

    1. The PA House is not fiscally responsible. They have expenditures they are required to cover, but they’ve consistently under Turzai’s leadership, over estimating revenue.

    2. Uh, the spending bill it already passed by both chambers. How is the house version better when it’s all the same? Jeeeesh

  7. The godfather told Costa “no vgts unless through our casinos and we get to count the $.” Costa held firm to La familia but Turdo jerked everything sideways so now the utility consumers get 500 million in new taxes. Maybe the legislature should be abolished and La familia could run the state. It would be a lot better for us than buying off politicians who don’t stay bought.

  8. Wow, given the readership of this site, this is a shocking result. This is more agreement than I’ve ever seen here on a single issue, and I’m really glad to see the rationality of the result. Maybe Pennsylvanians are actually sick of the partisan bickering and just want to see something get done. A boy can dream…

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  • Reader Poll: Have You Requested a Mail-In Ballot?

    • Yes. I enjoy mail-in voting. (50%)
    • No. I am going to the poll. (50%)

    Total Voters: 121

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