Pa. House sends budget bill to Senate

Tony Romeo
June 26, 2019 - 4:00 am
Pennsylvania Capitol Building in Harrisburg.

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — The Pennsylvania House has sent the Senate a bill to authorize a new state budget over the objections of some Democrats frustrated by lack of action on a minimum wage increase. 

During hours of debate on the 2019-2020 spending plan, Democrats were repeatedly thwarted by majority Republicans as they attempted to vent their frustrations that a minimum wage hike – one of Gov. Wolf’s priorities – is not part of the budget equation. 

Matt Bradford of Montgomery County, ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, was cut off by House Speaker Mike Turzai.

“People are trying to make do on $7.25 an hour. It is heartless. And it is not appropriate. This budget debate must begin to talk about people of Pennsylvania,” said Matt Bradford of Montgomery County, ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, who was cut off by House Speaker Mike Turzai.

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“This not a minimum wage debate," Turzai said. 

Republicans said the minimum wage issue wasn’t relevant; a Democratic spokesman called their actions “unprecedented, unfair and undemocratic.” 

Gov. Wolf says the budget bill meets his objectives. It now awaits action in the Senate.