Republicans `troubled' by Wolf's spending bill veto

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 30, 2015 6:29 AM

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(Harrisburg) -- Governor Tom Wolf and top Republican legislative leaders are expected to meet again today after Wolf yesterday vetoed a short-term spending plan in the three-month-old budget impasse.

Top Senate Republicans say they are deeply troubled by Wolf's veto. In a statement, Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman and Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati accused the first-term Democrat of holding schools and social services hostage in budget talks.

Republicans say their $11 billion, four-month spending package would have ended unnecessary hardships while budget talks continue.

Democrats opposed it.

Wolf wants a multibillion-dollar tax increase to wipe out Republican funding cuts for schools and human services and to eliminate a long-term budget deficit. He also wants measures to cut residential school property taxes and impose a severance tax on the natural gas industry. 

Republicans say most Pennsylvanians can't afford the tax increase, and they're pressing Wolf to overhaul benefits in Pennsylvania's two big public employee pension systems and to privatize the state-controlled wine and liquor system.

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