BLOG: Speaker Turzai’s Extremist Budget
By: Jeff Sheridan, Press Secretary
December 24, 2015
House and Senate Republican leaders yesterday abandoned the bi-partisan budget agreement they made with Governor Wolf that makes historic investments in education – including an additional $485 million for pre-K through 12 education – and is also balanced, paid for and begins to fix our deficit.
After Tuesday, when Republican rank-and-file members joined Democrats to buck their leaders, the House was one vote of the chamber away on Wednesday from passing a bi-partisan, compromise budget. Instead Speaker Turzai sent everyone home for the holidays with no action and the Senate Republicans, who caved to Speaker Turzai and tea party extremists, passed Speaker Turzai’s budget that cuts $95 million from Pennsylvania schools.
Abandoning all pretenses of compromise, Republican lawmakers in Harrisburg went back to the future… Wednesday had opened with hope of a House vote on the Senate’s compromise $30.8 billion budget. With increased funding for education, Wolf had agreed to sign that compromise bill, but when Democrats claimed they had the votes to pass it and send it to the governor, House Republican leaders would not allow a vote. [KDKA, 12/23/15]
We always knew it would be difficult to change the Harrisburg status quo, especially with entrenched Republican insiders beholden to special interests and right-wing extremists, but we never imagined Republican leaders would once again turn their backs on Pennsylvania’s schools and our children.
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