GOP: State government overhaul may be way to avert tax hikes

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 14, 2016 12:27 PM

FILE PHOTO: State House Majority Leader Dave Reed, R-Indiana, speaks to reporters in the state Capitol. (AP Photo/Marc Levy)

(Harrisburg) --The Republican leader in the state House says lean budget times may require restructuring of state government in the coming year, changes that could affect schools, human services, prisons and even the Legislature's own operations.

Majority Leader Dave Reed told reporters today the alternative may be much higher income or sales taxes, which he says Republicans would oppose.

The state is facing a massive budget deficit.

Reed is questioning whether state government needs all of its current agencies, and whether consolidation can save money, in part by reducing top-end staff.

He says Republicans might write their own budget in the coming months, after two years in which GOP-passed budgets have become law without the signature of Democratic Governor Tom Wolf.

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