Guest Editorial…Pa. lawmakers derelict in duty

A new Franklin and Marshall College poll found more than half of the voters (52 percent) believe the General Assembly is most to blame for the stalemate with almost a third (32 percent) blaming Wolf.
The poll of 732 registered voters was conducted between Jan. 18 and Jan. 31 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.6 percentage points.
The protracted budget battle has exacerbated the state’s fiscal problems.
According to a new report from the state Independent Fiscal Office, Pennsylvania faces an estimated deficit of nearly $2 billion in fiscal 2016-17 as costs for pensions, medical assistance and long-term living outpace revenue growth.
Several nonprofits and social service providers that endured six months without state aid last year are worried about continued gridlock.
Many nonprofits took out loans and lines of credit and now face interest charges. They curtailed services and laid off workers to get by before receiving payments under the partial budget.
There are serious questions as to whether these nonprofits can survive a second year under these same conditions.
Yet Republicans lawmakers, representing narrow interests, are continuing to push Wolf to retreat on his campaign promise of reversing cuts in state education aid under the Corbett era rejected by the majority of Pennsylvania voters.
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