Tax increase on sales or income seen as unlikely in deal

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The Pennsylvania Senate’s top Democrat says a final budget agreement probably won’t include an increase in the sales or personal income tax that Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf has sought to boost education funding and wipe out a deficit.

Still, Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa said Monday that differences remain between Democrats and Republicans in talks to end a four-month-old budget stalemate. He also says $2 billion in new revenue is necessary to correct a long-term deficit and ensure that schools and human services aren’t squeezed next year.

He says Democrats still want substantial increases in aid to schools and human services to offset funding cuts under Wolf’s predecessor, and they want a heftier tax on Marcellus Shale natural gas production.

The Legislature’s Republican majority has opposed a tax increase on sales or income.

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