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Final 2015-16 Republican Budget

Friends,

Governor Wolf to Allow Republican Budget to Become Law,
Warns of Looming Crisis
Governor Wolf to Allow Republican Budget to Become Law, Warns of Looming Crisis

I’d like to be writing to you today celebrating the fact that we finally negotiated a bipartisan spending plan – one that better invests in our schools and kids, delivers job creation programs, and dramatically reduces your property taxes – but that’s not going to happen.

So … when your school district is hurting again for state financial support next year, thank Republican lawmakers. When we’re fighting in a few months over how to close a $2 billion deficit that should have been bridged this year, thank Republican lawmakers. When your property taxes go up again, thank Republican lawmakers.

Gov. Tom Wolf announced Wednesday afternoon that he will not sign the supplemental budget bill, which effectively ended the nine-month budget stalemate.

He could have vetoed House Bill 1801. He could have signed it into law. Instead, we are where we are:

  • We have a budget written COMPLETELY BY THE REPUBLICANS. NO DEMOCRATIC INVOLVEMENT

  • The budget delivers less investment than was agreed to in December by all parties

  • The budget is out of balance, which our state constitution outlaws, and

  • OUR SCHOOLS CONTINUE TO BE TERRIBLY UNDERFUNDED
 
GOV. WOLF CONCESSIONS
timeline

September 16, 2015

Gov. Wolf offers concessions
on liquor stores, pensions

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October 6, 2015

Wolf tweaks
gas tax plan

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October 6, 2015

Gov. Tom Wolf's revised
tax increase package

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Senator Hughes Floor Remarks on HB 1801 :: March 16, 2016
Senator Hughes Floor Remarks on HB 1801
Budget Reaction
Senator Hughes Budget Interview
Senator Vincent Hughes Budget Reaction Floor Remarks on House Bill 1801

It’s good that our schools can stay open and our students can continue learning, but this is the bare minimum of what we should be doing with our billions of dollars in collected revenue.

The tragedy of this nine-month process is the governor made concessions along the way and Republicans did not. Ever. From spending to revenue to pensions to liquor privatization, Gov. Tom Wolf played fairly.

Now it’s on to the negotiations for the new budget, which must be adopted by June 30. Talks are scheduled for Monday.

There is great fear by taxpayers and many in Harrisburg that the Republican far right will once again try to protract budget talks deep into the summer and winter.

In many of our eyes, Republican extremists have caused this calamity, especially on the House side. What are they going to do differently this time to ensure your rights and interests are preserved?

Sincerely,

Sen. Vincent Hughes
Senate Appropriations Committee Democratic Chairman

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