Ahead of budget talks, Wolf says Pa. faces stark fiscal realities

Written by Tim Lambert and Radio Pennsylvania | Apr 23, 2015 4:25 AM

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(Harrisburg) -- With a little more than two months to go before the state budget deadline, Governor Tom Wolf has the tough task of trying to convince the Republican-controlled legislature to support his proposed tax plans.

The governor says while no one wants to raise taxes, the commonwealth is facing some stark fiscal realities.

"I think all of us are looking honestly at what we have here," he tells the Radio PA program, Ask The Governor. "We have a budget deficit."

Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman has said the proposed sales tax hike will be a hard lift in the legislature.

"I mean, he wants to eliminate the exemption on a lot of very important things like child care, like higher education, like buying a home," he said. "Things that have traditionally been exempt from sales tax."

Budget talks are still in the early stages with "working groups" studying various aspects of both the governor's and Republican's plans for the next fiscal year.

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