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With his decision to press on with tax hikes to balance the state budget, Gov. Tom Wolf has "disregarded the letter and spirit" of the Legislature's rejection of his tax package and may have torpedoed chances for progress, a newspaper has reported. Drew Crompton, a top lawyer for Senate Republicans, tells The Philadelphia Inquirerthat he doesn't know "what we would talk about at this point," with the Democratic governor, as Pennsylvania's budget impasse drags well past its 100th day. "We are not looking for a fight, but philosophically, we are in a much different place than he is,"Crompton told the newspaper over the weekend. Budget talks - without Wolf - are set to resume this week, days after the state House voted (with Democratic support) to reject a suite of broad-based tax hikes the Democratic administration says are key to getting the state back onto sound fiscal ground after years of patchwork budgeting.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Republican lawmakers in Pennsylvania who are resisting tax increases to balance a deep budget deficit are taking steps toward the state's third expansion of gambling in six years as an alternative source of cash. Lawmakers who support it estimate that an expansion of some sort could mean hundreds of millions of dollars in one-time license fees plus collections from taxing a new stream of gambling profits. It also would keep the state's industry current in a competitive and fast changing environment, supporters say. House Majority Leader Dave Reed, R-Indiana, gave gambling expansion a prominent place in his list of priorities. Exploring the possibility should come before lawmakers raise taxes, he said Wednesday after the House defeated a $2.4 billion tax package presented by Gov. Tom Wolf. "I think we need to have a discussion first on what other revenues are on the table," Reed said. "We need to come to a conclusion on liquor reform. We need to address cost drivers like our pension system. We need to look at gaming options."
The state Department of Education failed to provide enough help to 561 academically challenged schools statewide, according to an audit report from state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale. According to the audit, which was released earlier this week, six Alle-Kiski Valley school districts had schools that were among underperformers purported to have been neglected by the state Education Department.
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