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REPUBLICAN BUDGET ONLY INCLUDES $8 MILLION INCREASE FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION

Why Governor Tom Wolf Vetoed the Republican Budget

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Senate Democrats react to passage of PA State Budget :: June 30, 2015

Senate Democrats react to passage of PA State Budget :: June 30, 2015 Can you believe it? Republicans only think there should be an $8 million increase statewide for public education. That's less than $4.00 per child!

This pathetic sum was part of a $30.2 billion spending plan passed by the Republicans that included the same sham budgeting used during the Corbett era to avoid making tough decisions."

 I stand with Governor Wolf and all those in Pennsylvania who are working to put the Commonwealth back on the right track. That’s why I’m still in Harrisburg, ready to meet with any lawmakers, Republican or Democrat, who are willing to compromise to move our state forward.

Sincerely,

Vincent Hughes

Reasons Why Governor Wolf Vetoed the Republican Budget

education

Basic Education Funding:

Governor’s Request: $400 million restoration
Republican Budget: $8 million increase

Higher Education Funding:

Governor’s Request: $140 million increase, 50% restoration, tuition freeze
Republican Budget: $37 million, 15% restoration, no tuition freeze

Higher Education
Property Tax Reduction

Property Tax Reduction:

Governor’s Request: $3.8 billion in tax relief, 50 percent cut for average homeowners
Republican Budget:  0

Job Creation:

Governor’s Request: $1.7 billion in new funds for job creation
Republican Budget: 0


Minimum Wage Increase:

Governor’s Request: $10.10/hour
Republican Budget: 0

Closing Delaware Loophole:

Governor’s Request: Immediate
Republican Budget:  0

loophole

Shale Tax:

Governor’s Request: 5 percent
Republican Budget: 0

Budget Deficit:

Governor’s Request: Fixes deficit
Republican Budget: $3.1 billion deficit in 2016-17

Budget Deficit:

Senator Hughes Blasts Republican State Budget Priorities, Says “It Would Move Pennsylvania in the Wrong Direction.”

HARRISBURG, June 30th, 2015 − Senator Vincent Hughes released the following statement on the Republican legislative priorities, including state budget, liquor privatization, and pension overhaul:

Senator Hughes says the majority party in both chambers decided to ignore the will of the votes and pursue an ideological agenda that moves PA in the wrong direction. Listen

“I am deeply disappointed with the actions of my Republican colleagues in the General Assembly. Tonight, the majority party in both chambers decided to ignore the will of the votes and pursue an ideological agenda that moves Pennsylvania in the wrong direction. The people of our state were clear in the last election: They want more funding for education, property tax relief, and investment in proven strategies to create jobs in our Commonwealth.

“However, that is not path chosen by either Senate or House Republicans. Instead, they passed a budget proposal that increases education funding in our classrooms by just $8 million. That’s less than $4.00 for every child in Pennsylvania. Clearly, that’s not enough to reverse the devastating impact of former Governor Corbett’s $1 billion cut to education Part of the reason there is so little funding is because the Republicans refused to pass a responsible severance tax on natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale."

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Governor Wolf Vetoes GOP Budget Bill | ABC 27

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Governor Tom Wolf vetoed the budget sent to him by the Republican-controlled legislature Tuesday night, which means the state budget was not made into law before the deadline.

Along with the budget, two more divisive bills made it to the governor’s desk.

The first measure would privatize liquor and wine sales. The second proposal would change the state pension system to a 401(k) retirement plan.

The GOP called the steps “real reform.”

“If the governor doesn’t like them, he is the one person who gets to make that decision tonight. If he wants to shut down the government, he’s got the opportunity to do so,” said House Majority Leader Dave Reed, R-Indiana.

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Governor Wolf Vetoes Republican Budget | Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf made good on his threat and swiftly vetoed the Republican-crafted spending plan Tuesday night just hours after the GOP's huge majorities in the Legislature sent it to him on the last day of the state government's fiscal year.

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liquor storePennsylvania Governor Vetoes Entire Republican Budget Bill | Philadelphia Inquirer

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf made good on his threat and swiftly vetoed the Republican-crafted spending plan Tuesday night just hours after the GOP's huge majorities in the Legislature sent it to him on the last day of the state government's fiscal year.

The veto was Wolf's first in his more than five months in office and the first of a full budget bill in Pennsylvania in more than four decades.

In a news conference in his Capitol offices, Wolf panned the bill as being packed with gimmicks - Republicans defended them as an alternative to a tax increase - that would worsen the state's long-term budget imbalance to more than $3 billion in a year.

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Senate Passes Liquor Privatization Bill, Sending it to House | PennLive.com

In a historic vote, the state Senate on Tuesday voted 27-22 to pass a House-Senate GOP-backed liquor privatization bill and send it to the House for consideration.

The bill, which passed solely on Republican votes, would provide for wine and liquor sales at grocery stores, hotels and beer distributors and eventually lead to closure of state stores. It also would have the state divest itself from the wholesale liquor system.

Arguing for the legislation's passage, Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, R-Jefferson County, said, "It gives the people of Pennsylvania what they want. It gets the state out of the liquor business once and for all."

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Pennsylvania Liquor Bill Passes Senate Amid Budget Deadline Day Flurry | Times-Heard

Debate got underway in the Legislature on Tuesday, the last day of Pennsylvania state government’s fiscal year, with lawmakers poised to make final votes on a state budget plan and other major Republican-crafted bills that appeared destined for a veto by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf.

After an hour of debate, the Senate passed a bill to license private companies to take over the marketing, shipment and sale of wine and liquor from the state. The vote was 27-22, giving Senate Republicans a victory on a bill they had tried, but failed, to pass the two previous Junes amid the pressure of budget negotiations.

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