Breaking down Wolf’s budget proposal

Also, insights into State-of-the-Union and Iowa Caucus

  • Scott LaMar

Gov. Tom Wolf proposed a $36.1 billion state budget Tuesday that doesn’t count on any widespread tax increases — even though Wolf’s plan increases spending by almost a billion and a half dollars.

Under the governor’s proposal, public schools in Pennsylvania would get an additional $100 million, the formula for funding charter schools would be changed to one set tuition of $9,500 per student compared to nearly $8,000 to $21,000 charters currently receive depending on which school district they’re in, raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2026, charge a fee to residents of municipalities that don’t have their own police departments but instead use the state police for coverage.

Republican legislators criticized Wolf’s budget for spending too much.

Even though not budget related, Gov. Wolf also called for stricter gun laws, including a red flag law that would temporarily take guns away from people considered a danger to themselves or others.

Franklin and Marshall College political analyst and pollster Dr. G. Terry Madonna appears on Wednesday’s Smart Talk to break down Gov. Wolf’s budget outline.

Meanwhile, Dr. Madonna also provides insight into two other political events with major consequences this week — President Trump’s State-of-the-Union Address and the problem-laden Iowa Caucuses.

Dr. G. Terry Madonna appeared on Smart Talk on February 5, 2020.

Dr. G. Terry Madonna appeared on Smart Talk on February 5, 2020.

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