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What York County area lawmakers, others said about Gov. Tom Wolf's budget veto

Written by Ed Mahon, York Daily Record | Jul 2, 2015 1:00 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- On Tuesday evening, Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed an entire budget package backed by the Republican-controlled General Assembly. Here is what some people said about Wolf's move.

State Rep. Kevin Schreiber, D-York

He praised Wolf's veto. "MULLIGAN!" Schreiber posted on Twitter. "Perhaps now we can get down to the business of a mutually acceptable budget for PA."

State Rep. Kristin Phillips-Hill, R-York Township

"I'm disappointed in the governor's veto," she said.

She said there isn't support in the House for the tax increases that would be necessary for the governor's spending proposals. She said the General Assembly delivered a fiscally responsible budget that funds the core functions of government and increases education spending.

Phillips-Hill said before lawmakers raise taxes, they should look at reducing mandates on education that costs schools money. She has introduced legislation, House Bill 1119, that would allow public schools to apply to the Department of Education for waivers from certain mandates.

State Sen. Richard Alloway II

The Republican whose district includes Hanover and other parts of York County also called the governor's veto disappointing.

"We balanced the budget without raising taxes and still funding programs that are important to Pennsylvanians," Alloway said.

What's next?

"Well, I think our plan in the Senate is to let things cool down here for a week or so," Alloway said.

The state Independent Fiscal Office has estimated that the governor's various proposed tax changes would result in a net revenue increase of $4.6 billion in 2015-16 and $3.8 billion in 2016-17.

Alloway said the governor hasn't backed off his tax proposals.

"I'm not sure if he expects us to just do that," Alloway said. "But that's not going to happen. So, hopefully, we can sit down and help the governor understand that the majority of Pennsylvanians do not want their taxes raised."

State Rep. Seth Grove, R-Dover Township

"This was a responsible spending plan with a true commitment to 'schools that teach.' It is a shame that the governor doesn't feel the same way," Grove said in a statement.

In an interview, Grove said Wolf could have vetoed part of the budget instead of the entire package to minimize the negative impact.

"It's going to be tough to find middle ground," Grove said.

State Rep. Keith Gillespie, R-Hellam Township

He said he was glad the governor did a full veto instead of a partial one.

"Hopefully, this will bring some urgency to it, and get it resolved as soon as possible," Gillespie said.

State Sen. Scott Wagner, R-Spring Garden Township

In a mass email, Wagner said he will not vote for any budget that includes raising taxes or implementing new ones.

Wagner also referred to criticism he's received from a pro-Wolf political action committee. He said the committee is trying to discredit him and other Republicans.

"Let the games begin, Governor Wolf," Wagner said in the email.

House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody of Allegheny County

"With this veto, we now should resume working on a budget that lowers property taxes, funds education through a tax on drilling, and responsibly closes the deficit," Dermody said in a statement.

Contact Ed Mahon at 717-771-2089.

And here is what some people said on Twitter:

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