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GOP eyes big state government changes in lean budget year

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 14, 2016 12:35 PM
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(HARRISBURG) -- Top Republican lawmakers are eyeing what they call big changes to state government as Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's administration warns of a $600 million shortfall in the current fiscal year.

Wolf's budget office released the projected deficit figure in the $31.5 billion budget Wednesday as the Pennsylvania House's majority leader said lean times will require restructuring of state government.

Wolf's budget secretary, Randy Albright, says the governor is asking cabinet secretaries to find ways to reduce the shortfall.

House Majority Leader Dave Reed says the GOP-controlled Legislature isn't interested in raising sales or income taxes next year to deal with a massive budget deficit.

He says the alternative is cutting or consolidating state government and finding more economical ways to delivers services.

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