Wolf's budget remarks receive rave reviews from GOP lawmakers

Tony Romeo
February 05, 2019 - 3:07 pm
Gov. Tom Wolf leaves the Capitol after giving his budget address, Feb. 5, 2019.

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — In a rare occurrence, leaders of the Republican majority in the Pennsylvania legislature are reacting with nearly universal praise after Gov. Tom Wolf's budget address Tuesday.

"Productive, positive and pragmatic" is how the Republican speaker of the House, Mike Turzai, described Wolf's budget speech. 

"Let me cut to the chase," said Turzai, "this proposal asks for no new taxes."

The budget proposal does not involve an increase in broad-based taxes, including state income and sales taxes. The governor, however, did again last week propose a tax on natural gas drillers that would fund borrowing for projects not included in the general fund budget. 

The GOP response to Wolf's budget plan was upbeat overall. 

"We look forward to working on issues," said House Majority Leader Bryan Cutler, "like modernizing our approach to developing a high-quality, productive and evolving workforce as outlined by the governor."

Cutler and other Republican leaders said they would have to review Wolf's proposals for more than $300 million in additional education spending, which includes money for a minimum $45,000 salary for teachers.

"There is a lot there that we can embrace and get behind, at least generically," added Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman.