Despite GOP praise, Wolf's budget not a 'slam dunk'

Tony Romeo
February 09, 2019 - 4:00 am
Gov. Tom Wolf leaves the Capitol after giving his budget address, Feb. 5, 2019.

The Office of Governor Tom Wolf via Flickr

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Republicans have heaped praise on Gov. Tom Wolf's budget address Feb. 5, but that doesn't mean the road is paved for the big-ticket proposals he has outlined.

Wolf framed this as "the most significant element" in his budget address: "A plan to create a new generation of prosperity in our commonwealth by building the strongest workforce in the nation."

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Most GOP leaders seized on the workforce angle to give the speech uncharacteristically positive reviews. But the top Republican in the Senate, Joe Scarnati, sounded a note of caution about spending.

"This budget’s not just going to be a slam dunk," he said. "We have a lot of work to do."

And when it comes to some of the governor's other marquee proposals, a spokesman for House Republicans said a plan to raise the minimum wage to $12 an hour this July and to $15 an hour by 2025 remains a hard sell. 

While not part of the general fund budget, Wolf's latest proposal for a tax on natural gas drillers has already been panned by House GOP leaders.