HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania state government's next budget year doesn't begin until July 1, but Republicans are already warning it could be the most difficult of Gov. Tom Corbett's tenure.
Corbett's estimating $1.4 billion in higher costs, while he and the Legislature may have to deal with an unexpected half-billion-dollar hole in health care money.
Plus, there's traditional resistance to cutting spending in an election year, Corbett is averse to raising taxes and fees and the budget reserve is dry after Corbett emptied it on this year's budget.
Democrats don't disagree that next year's budget will be a difficult one.
But they also contend that Republicans are getting caught in a web of their own making after engineering $1.2 billion in business tax cuts and refusing Democrats' ideas to improve the budget situation.