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Gov. Wolf says ball is in GOP's court after budget deal blowup

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 24, 2015 10:25 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- Governor Tom Wolf says the ball is in the court of Republican lawmakers after GOP leaders backed out of a sales tax increase they had proposed to seal the deal on a five-months-late budget. 

The Democratic governor also told KDKA-AM this morning that there are too many Republican lawmakers who want to "blow things up.'' 

Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman says the sides couldn't agree on which school districts should benefit the most from $1.4 billion in school property tax rebates.

They were to be financed by a state sales tax increase of 1.25 percentage points. 

Wolf insists Republicans told him Friday they didn't have the votes to support the sales tax increase that they had proposed. Wolf says he had preferred taxes on income and natural gas drilling.  

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