PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: 'Nobody is going to go to heaven.’ Pa. budget deal divides Democrats
The nearly $34 billion budget bill, which Mr. Wolf has signed, contained few of their legislative priorities. Though it boosts money for public education — long one of Mr. Wolf’s priorities — it siphons money from environmental protection efforts, lacks an increase to the state’s $7.25-per-hour minimum wage, and strips funding for a cash assistance program that helps Pennsylvania’s poorest residents.
Democratic lawmakers, including some newly elected in a progressive wave last year, balked at some of the missing items. Though they stopped short of publicly directly criticizing Mr. Wolf and their leadership, they expressed frustration that they did not have greater input in the process, which produced a plan that they believe abandons their ideals.