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GOP will allow tax vote, if Democrats secure enough support

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 25, 2015 5:49 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- Leaders of the Pennsylvania Legislature's Republican majorities say they will allow a vote on a budget package that includes an income or sales tax increase to see if Democrats can secure enough votes to pass it.

House Minority Whip Mike Hanna says Democrats are actively pursuing the avenue in a bid to break a nearly three-month-old budget stalemate.

Republicans opened the door to such a floor vote during a closed-door meeting Thursday with Democratic Governor Tom Wolf.

But House Majority Leader Dave Reed maintains that he doesn't believe there's enough support to pass an increase in the sales tax or the income tax to increase spending.

Wolf is seeking a multibillion-dollar tax increase to wipe out Republican cuts to education aid in 2011 and fix a long-term budget deficit.

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