HARRISBURG — On the 171st day of a state budget stalemate, lawmakers are considering a proposal to raise the Pennsylvania income tax from 3.07 percent to 3.3 percent, Republican and Democratic legislative sources said Friday. Gov. Tom Wolf's office said it secured the votes to pass tax legislation in the GOP-controlled House, a crucial step toward ending the impasse. “We are confident that we have the votes to pass this,” Wolf's spokesman Jeffrey Sheridan told The Associated Press. The tax vote planned for Saturday could pit House conservatives against Wolf, the Republican-controlled Senate and Democratic lawmakers. Wolf and his allies in the legislature back a $30.8 billion spending plan and accompanying $1 billion-plus tax plan. An income tax hike was part of Wolf's budget plan in March but has been in and out of various plans since.
We're seriously late and way behind schedule on this 18th day of December, so let's run down the five things we know about the state of budget talks. 1. Oh That Deadline: The Thursday, 12:30 p.m. deadline that House Republicans set forGov. Tom Wolf to round up GOP support for a tax vote came and went without any fanfare. There were no trumpets, no alarums, no rending of garments and tearing of garments. The administration told the Inky the ultimatum was "ridiculous." But as our friends at the PLS Reporter duly note, there was a fair amount of gnashing of teeth by Republican lawmakers who were upset that Wolf didn't play by their preposterous ground rules.
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