Following Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s veto of an emergency funding bill on Tuesday, state House and Senate Republican leaders said they would vote on his latest tax package proposal on Oct. 7 while also sending the governor a letter requesting reconciliation.
With language reflecting both frustration and a willingness to compromise, the communication pointedly referred to the governor’s apparent belief that keeping pressure on lawmakers would result in full concession to his demands.
“The only thing standing between the governor and the $5 billion tax increase his budget requires is the simple fact that there are not 102 Republican or Democratic votes in the House for it to pass,” House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) said. “It is long past time to negotiate a budget based in reality.”
The letter drafted to Gov. Wolf acknowledged the stalemate, but firmly restated the Republicans’ position against a multi-billion dollar tax increase for commonwealth citizens.
“Meeting after meeting, it has become crystal clear that this budget impasse is about one thing – the governor scoring the largest tax increase in our history, which includes a 14 percent increase to your personal income tax,” Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) said. “It’s time we all find out who shares that vision.”
Sent from Reed’s office, the missive asked Wolf to provide the legislative language for his plan in time for the Oct. 7 House vote, encouraging him to meet with caucus members to clarify his tax plan’s rationale.
“Both chambers are willing to consider a full spending plan if it is proven that the votes exist for your proposed tax increases,” the letter said in part.
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