Pennsylvania lacks a final budget for a single reason - the votes are just not there (Republican or Democrat) for the $5 billion tax increase that Governor Wolf is demanding. His most recent proposal requires increases in the Income Tax, Sales Tax, Tobacco Taxes, Severance Tax, as well as a number of other items. It would amount to $1.7 billion increase in taxes this year and a $3.3 billion tax increase next year - $5 billion in total, without a single dollar used for property tax reductions or elimination. We have told the Governor the votes are just simply not there for his tax increase package, but he continues to insist he has the votes for his plan. Next Wednesday, we will give him the opportunity to show us once and for all that he has the votes he claims and we will bring his proposal to the House Floor for a vote as he has proposed. If it passes, the Senate will do the same and we're done; if it fails, then it's time for the Governor to step into reality and negotiate a final budget within the parameters of what folks are actually willing to support.
- Majority Leader Dave Reed
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