Pa. budget stalemate hits 100-day mark

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 8, 2015 6:17 AM

Photo by AP Photo/Keith Srakocic

(Harrisburg) -- The state budget stalemate marks its 100th day today, a day after House members voted against Governor Tom Wolf's revised plan to increase taxes.

Wolf had proposed the plan to raise billions in income and gas drilling taxes on Tuesday, after Republican legislative leaders offered him a floor vote to demonstrate whether there was support for his approach.

The defeat was just the latest in a series of partisan votes and Wolf vetoes with the two sides unable to find much common ground on a budget for the fiscal year that began July 1.

Republicans have argued the income tax hike of a half-percentage point would be borne mostly by working families and that the gas tax could damage the state's drilling industry.

Bucks County Republican Representative Gene DiGirolamo is urging colleagues to cooperate with one another, saying voters expect state leaders to solve problems and get the budget done.

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