Pennsylvania’s budget stalemate and why it matters

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Guests: John Micek, Madeleine Dean and William Adolph

The budget stalemate between Pennsylvania’s governor Tom Wolf and Republican legislators is in its second month. Wolf vetoed a budget bill passed by the General Assembly on June 30th and since then there’s been little movement around a compromise. Within days the State could run out of money for social service organizations and school districts which rely on the Commonwealth for funding. Wolf wants a new tax on natural gas drilling as well as an increase in sales and personal income taxes. Republicans oppose increasing taxes and instead look to privatizing liquor stores and controlling public employee pension costs. We’ll get perspectives from JOHN MICEK of the Patriot-News and Penn Live, Democratic State Representative MADELEINE DEAN, and Republican State Representative WILLIAM ADOLPH.

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