Who will Pay? Roses & thorns on tax plan (editorial)
York Daily Record by YDR Editorial Board Published 1:09 p.m. ET July 31, 2017 | Updated 4:54 p.m. ET July 31, 2017
Last week, the state Senate passed a revenue bill that would fund the unbalanced budget lawmakers approved previously, which became law without Gov. Tom Wolf’s signature.
No word on when the House might take up the measure – or how it will fare in that chamber.
Two York County legislative leaders, senator/GOP gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner and Rep. Seth Grove, R-Dover Township, blasted the measure, saying they couldn’t support higher taxes, and calling for state spending cuts. Here’s a special edition of roses and thorns on some of the revenue bill’s provisions:
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