Pennsylvania Senator Breaks Her Promise to Constituents
Pennsylvania Senators worked to cobble the three caucus agreement back together yesterday by passing a revised budget and sending it back to the House. The budget approved by the Senate yesterday raises taxes by $500 million, primarily through higher taxes on employers and smokers.
Sen. Orie is the 5th Pennsylvania legislator to break the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in the last week. Last Friday Reps. Casorio (D-56), George (D-74), Grucela (D-137), and Harhai (D-58) broke their Pledges by voting on a budget that would raise taxes on energy, tobacco products, and employers by nearly $1 billion dollars. The bill was approved largely along party lines with all Republicans voting in opposition.