House lawmaker floats 'middle-of-the-road' budget proposal

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 16, 2015 12:33 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- A Pennsylvania House Republican with a record of taking on his party's leaders is proposing what he calls a "middle-of-the-road" proposal to break a two-week-old partisan budget stalemate and keep money flowing to safety-net services.

Bucks County Representative Eugene DiGirolamo's proposal comes amid a stalemate between Democratic Governor Tom Wolf and the Legislature's Republican majorities.

DiGirolamo wants an overall spending increase, including more education aid, and tax increases that are less than what Wolf wants, but more than the Republican budget bill that Wolf vetoed.

Spending would rise 7 percent, including $600 million more for education.

A new 3.2 percent tax on Marcellus Shale natural gas production and an income tax increase of a quarter-percentage point are partly necessary, he says, to fix a budget deficit.

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