HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Gov. Tom Wolf says a proposed agreement to end a five-month budget standoff is in deep peril despite the framework he announced with top Republican lawmakers earlier this month.
Wolf told a Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon on Monday that he’s urging Republicans to sell the deal to their rank-and-file.
His comments echo those by top House Democrats over the weekend. House Republicans insist they haven’t given up on a proposed budget deal that calls for a state sales tax increase from 6 percent to 7.25 percent.
The revenue was supposed to generate $600 million to balance the budget and finance a record increase in public school aid, plus $1.4 billion in rebates for homeowners who pay school property taxes.
School districts, counties and social services organizations are struggling to get by without state aid.