by Kathleen E. Carey, Delaware County Daily Times
December 30, 2015
Most of Delaware County legislators were pleased Gov. Tom Wolf released emergency funding to schools and human services Tuesday, but they also expressed frustration with a process that still had more work to be done...
State Rep Margo Davidson, D-164: “We were just one step, one vote away from having the budget that we all wanted,” she said. “(The governor) agreed to a bipartisan budget... On Wednesday, that bipartisan budget was set to pass but the Speaker decided to adjourn so we would not have an opportunity to vote on that budget. What the Speaker really tried to do was bully the governor.”
“I think the governor is absolutely correct,” she said. “What was put on his desk was garbage. It did not fix the budget and it underfunded our schools by $95 million.”
State Rep Greg Vitali, D-166: “At first glance, it seems like a really reasonable approach,” state Rep. Greg Vitali, D-166, of Haverford, said. “It’ll keep the schools open, which I think has to be the primary concern. At the same time, it will keep pressure on to achieve the good policy budget objectives he wants.”
State Rep Leanne Krueger-Braneky, D-161: Fresh off her first legislative piece being signed into law that taxes tobacco used to make personal cigarettes, state Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky, D-161, of Swarthmore, spoke of the scheduling issue.
“I am glad that the governor has released the emergency funding that we need to make sure that schools will open after the holiday break,” she said. “I think it is something he needed to do. I am frustrated because there was a compromise budget. My hope is ... that we can get back to the compromise budget.
“With the governor’s action (Tuesday), it means there is more work for the Legislature to do,” Krueger-Braneky said.