Governor Tom Wolf announced today that he will take unilateral action with Pennsylvania’s finances unless the House held a vote on his proposed severance tax.
“I’ve had enough of the games. House Republicans again failed to deliver on a budget agreement. Over the past several months, I have been flexible and patient as they have repeatedly failed to agree amongst themselves on how to approach the budget,” Wolf said in a statement.
If a revenue package is not passed to the Governor’s desk, Wolf said he would securitize the profits of the state’s liquor system raising $1.23 billion to pay off the deficit from last year and help fill the gap in the current fiscal year.
Wolf’s comments come after a discharge motion vote to move the severance tax proposal out of the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee. The vote failed 115-83. The previously proposed hotel tax was met with strong opposition by House members and was not brought up for a vote.
The Pennsylvania House GOP is nothing but obstructionists. I really hope Gov. Wolf takes them to task! Something has got to give.
I watched the press conference on PCN. It looked more like he was going to use future liquor money, not just a threat.
Please increase my state income tax, sales tax…tax my food and clothes too…we need more teachers…
Stop crapping on teachers; it’s disgusting. Educating our young people is an investment in the future. At some point someone paid for YOU to learn how to read and write (apparently.) If you make a living and earn enough money to pay taxes you should be thankful — to the teachers who taught you what you need to know in order to make that living!
Most teachers are useless crap…private school or me loser…so you also take credit for the 48% of people who can’t support themselves…
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