Wolf, allies press House GOP for votes on tax increase

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration and its allies are working to sway enough rank-and-file House Republicans behind a $1 billion-plus tax increase to override opposition from House GOP leaders and end the 5 ½ -month budget stalemate.

House Speaker Mike Turzai’s office said Thursday evening that there’d been no word from the governor. That was hours after the 12:30 p.m. deadline Turzai had for the Democratic governor to show whether he could assemble enough votes to move the tax package through the chamber.

The governor’s office isn’t commenting and Turzai’s office says he’s in touch with Senate leaders about passing a short-term spending bill.

The tax plan continued to evolve Thursday and remained under wraps. Wolf wants the tax increase to undo his predecessor’s funding cuts to education and human services and to narrow a long-term budget deficit.

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