This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.
Gov. Wolf is attempting to reframe Pennsylvania’s budget debate in preparation for a tax vote planned for Wednesday in the House.
Calling it a "once-in-a-generation vote," Wolf said Monday that he continues to try to cobble together support for broad-based tax increases.
"Doing nothing now is going to result in a huge cut for education. I think that probably is the key element here," said Wolf at a press briefing at the Governor’s Residence in Harrisburg. "And if people didn’t like what they saw four or five years ago, they’re going to hate next year. Because we simply have come to the end of the line using these one-time fixes."
During the briefing, Wolf methodically outlined the state’s growing mandated spending, which he said has created a structural deficit of at least $2.3 billion – and that’s before the additional spending the governor wants for education and other programs.
He said broad-based tax hikes are needed now to make up for years of what he called dishonest budgeting on top of inadequate funding of schools.