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Capitol reporter Katie Meyer covers Pennsylvania politics and issues at the Pennsylvania state capitol.
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Episode 21: Revenue problem or spending problem?

Written by Katie Meyer | Sep 1, 2017 5:41 PM
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When it comes to balancing Pennsylvania's budget, there's a phrase you'll hear over and over from Republicans: "we don't have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem." And most Democrats say the opposite, with equal conviction.

The one thing everyone agrees on? There's definitely a problem.

As the impasse over the '17-18 budget creeps into its second month and lawmakers remain sequestered in quiet negotiations, ABC 27's Dennis Owens decided to crunch the numbers to see who was actually right about spending. He came away with the conclusion that...it's complicated.

Dennis joins us to discuss how PA's tax scheme compares with those in surrounding states, why it's so tricky to determine whether we should tax more or spend less, and how some lawmakers hope to reroute what they see as excessive spending to fill the deficit. 


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