Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania’s Republican-controlled House of Representatives is sending the Senate a no-new-taxes borrowing package to help plug state government’s $2.2 billion budget gap.
The GOP-penned measure passed, 103-91, late Wednesday night, with heavy opposition by Democrats.
Pennsylvania’s budget stalemate is in its third month. While supporters of the plan say it solves the budget gap by using surpluses from dormant state accounts, others say it cuts critical funding for public transportation and environmental improvement programs.
Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf says the House GOP’s plan doesn’t solve the state’s underlying financial problems.
The plan now goes to the Senate for another round of negotiations and eventually another vote.
Listen to what some Republicans have to say about the plan.
House Majority Leader Dave Reed
Representative Lee James (Venango/Butler Counties)