Senate leader: no support among GOP for Wolf's budget

Written by Marie Cusick | May 15, 2015 3:11 PM

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(Harrisburg) -- The state senate's top Republican is warning Governor Tom Wolf's budget proposal has no support among his party's members.

Speaking on WITF's Smart Talk, Majority Leader Jake Corman signaled a deep divide exists in Harrisburg as budget negotiations heat up.

The Senate recently passed a bill to curtail pension benefits for current and future employees, which Wolf opposes.

"The governor has zero votes in the Senate Republican caucus for his budget, so where are we now? You know, that's the beginning of the process. We're not looking to throw something on his desk that he's going to veto," says Corman.

"We're not going to kick the can down the road anymore. We're not going to manipulate the systems to try to achieve budget savings. We're going to make real, structural changes so the taxpayers are taken out of the risk business."

Democrats argue changing benefits for current employees would fail in court.

The bill now goes to the Republican controlled House for consideration.

Senate Republicans have said they want to overhaul the pension system--which has over $50 billion in unfunded liabilities--before considering any of the new revenue proposals in Wolf's budget--like a tax on Marcellus Shale gas drillers.

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