Tom Wolf says he's suspicious of Pa. budget numbers

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 2, 2014 8:55 PM

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf

(Harrisburg) -- The Democratic candidate for  governor says he's suspicious about revenue numbers in the budget passed by Republican majorities in the Legislature and now awaiting action by Governor Corbett.

York County businessman Tom Wolf has told The Associated Press the budget was based on "smoke and mirrors'' and dubious assumptions about how much money the state will collect in the coming year.

Wolf, who served for about a year and a half as state revenue secretary under Governor Ed Rendell, says he'd balance the budget by imposing a five percent severance tax on natural gas drilling, expanding Medicaid under the federal health care law and closing tax loopholes.

Corbett, a Republican, hasn't said whether he'll sign the $29.1 billion budget that was approved on nearly party lines.

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