Governor’s Budget Proposal Faces Familiar GOP Objections

By Alex Rose
Delaware County Daily Times

Gov. Tom Wolf’s final budget proposal of his term Tuesday set the stage for familiar battles with the Republican-controlled Legislature over imposing an extraction tax on Marcellus Shale natural gas and increasing the minimum wage.

But state Rep. Alex Charlton, R-165 of Springfield, said there also weren’t any far-reaching objectives outlined in Wolf’s address to the General Assembly that might derail negotiations.

“Certainly nobody’s looking for a protracted argument over this that’s going to go beyond a due date for a budget,” he said. “Nobody wants the bed press that comes with a drawn-out budget debate that sees service providers not receiving their funding, that sees schools on the leash for not knowing when they’ll get their state support.”

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