Gov. Wolf Created Budget Crisis and Chose to Continue it

Date: December 30, 2015 Last Edit: January 06, 2016

On December 29 Gov.Tom Wolf vetoed lines of the budget sent to him by the Pennsylvania General Assembly. While the Governor did release emergency funds to schools and human service organizations that have had to borrow or close, he rejected many other elements of the plan, calling it “garbage”.   Wolf wants increased government spending that would require tax increases, possibly to the Personal Income Tax or Sales Tax.  We believe this would be detrimental to small businesses. NFIB also believes pension reform is necessary to staunch increasing state debt.

On behalf of the Pennsylvania small-business members of
the National Federation of NFIB, state Executive Director Kevin Shivers issued
the following statement Gov. Wolf’s line item veto:

Wolf created this fiscal crisis and it continues because of his actions.
Pennsylvania’s small employers are quickly losing patience with his lack
of leadership. 

Wolf has vetoed portions of yet another state budget that reached his desk. He
is holding out for an increase in either the sales tax, the personal income tax
or both. Legislative leaders have tried – but the votes for higher taxes simply
do not exist. When it came to securing passage of one of the most significant
pieces of the compromise budget – addressing pension reform – the Governor
failed to deliver the votes


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