GOP leaders plan vote on Wolf budget
HARRISBURG — Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf has a high-stakes showdown with Republicans next week on whether House members of both parties are willing to vote for higher taxes.
Governing is an exercise in give and take — true compromise not to be confused with capitulation — and always for the common good. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf would be wise to review that basic maxim as he seeks rehabilitation for his predilection to not play well with others. The Democrat governor, one man with one stroke of a pen, cost the taxpayers he purports to defend millions of dollars Tuesday when he vetoed the GOP-controlled General Assembly's stopgap budget bill. It was designed to ease the pain of public school districts and some social service agencies as negotiations over a permanent budget continue. The commonwealth has been budgetless for more than 90 days. The taxpayer tab — as high as $11.2 million — will come in the form of interest incurred by 17 school districts and two intermediate units now forced to borrow because of the stalemate. The Republican majority says the partial spending measure would have prevented the need for such borrowing and reduced pressure on budget negotiators as they continue discussions. But Mr. Wolf argues it's exactly the kind of pressure needed to force a deal — one, we remind, that includes the governor's demand for damaging tax hikes.
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