Harrisburg, PA – After weeks of trying to find an alternative to the Senate’s plan to raise taxes in Pennsylvania, a group of House Republicans proposed what they’re calling the “Taxpayers’ Budget” to fund the state budget without borrowing money or increasing taxes.

The plan uses money currently sitting idle in more than 200 state-held accounts to fix the budgetary shortfalls. The Senate’s proposed plan would have raised taxes on natural gas, electric and telephone bills.

Rep. Cris Dush from Jefferson and Indiana Counties gives his thoughts on the new plan.

The new Taxpayers’ Budget will be evaluated by the entire House and potentially voted on when the House returns to session next week.

Gov. Wolf says a decision must be made by Sept. 15. After that, he will have to start freezing some spending to prevent the state’s main bank account from going below zero.


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