Air wars over Pa. budget standoff to hit TV screens

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 8, 2015 2:44 AM

Photo by AP Photo/Chris Knight

FILE PHOTO: Senator Jake Corman, R-Centre, left, House Majority Leader Dave Reed, R-Indiana, Senate President Pro Tem Joseph Scarnati, R-Jefferson, and Speaker of the House Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, lead a news conference after Republican leaders engineered passage of the budget, liquor privatization, and pension bills, at the state Capitol on June 30, 2015.

(Harrisburg) -- A forthcoming TV ad from a national Democratic group that supports Governor Tom Wolf will expand the air war over his week-old budget standoff with Republicans who control the state Legislature. 

The Democratic Governors Association says the 30-second statewide TV ad by an affiliate group starts today.

It will criticize Republicans over the budget bill Wolf vetoed, saying the Republicans' plan let the oil and gas industry off the hook, didn't adequately fund education and deepened the deficit. 

The group says it's spending over $500,000 to run the ad for 10 days. 

Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman says Republicans don't support Wolf's pursuit of a tax increase on income or sales.

Corman isn't ruling out other kinds of tax increases, such as on gas drilling, to help Wolf meet his goals, within reason.  

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