Wolf on Budget: ‘I Can Do This Indefinitely’

Harrisburg-Capitol-steps2During a meeting with the Inquirer and Daily News editorial staff, Governor Tom Wolf said that he can continue to manage the state’s finances indefinitely without a revenue package.

“I’m going to do it myself,” Wolf told the editorial board, discussing his plan to borrow over $1 billion against the state’s liquor system profits.  

When asked about how long he could manage the finances without a completed revenue package, Wolf said, “I can do this indefinitely.”  

According to State House Sound Bites, House Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) blamed the failure of proposals to close the budget gap with a tax on hotels on House Democrats withholding support.  

The House and Senate both sent their members home without finalized revenue package.  

“It’s certainly not the ending that we wanted,” Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) told the Inquirer.

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  1. So suddenly Wolf can do all this on his own??? Someone should tell all the school districts who borrowed millions of dollars during his first budget mess when the governor refused to release the money to our schools claiming he couldn’t do it.

    1. What part of this don’t you understand the Majority party has all the votes to get a budget in place. Governor Wolf’s party is in the minority.

      1. John, the executive branch (Wolf) releases the money and spends it. Majority/minority has nothing to do with it.

  2. Dave Reed blames the Democrats for withholding votes when they won’t budge on a severance tax… but expects Democrats to fill in when the Republicans can’t manage their own caucus.

    1. And the last time I checked, the Democrats are in the minority and don’t have enough votes to do anything on their own. If something fails, it is the majority’s failure to lead. Reed is passing the buck, and Wolf is saying that the buck stops with him. It’s not Wolf’s fault that the Republican majorities don’t want to pay for the spending they approved.

    2. Dave Reed voted NOT to bring the severance tax vote to the floor for discussion. It’s all Reed and Turzi’s fault. They can pass a expenditure budget but don’t know how to pay for it. I wonder what their personal household budgets look like? I would say the same as the state budget.

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