Pa Gop Leader Sees Long Budget Stalemate

07.29.09 | FL News Team

(Harrisburg, PA) -- The top Republican in the Pennsylvania State Senate is saying Pennsylvania's budget impasse might not end until sometime in September.  Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi has rallied the resistance to Governor Ed Rendell's proposed increase in the state income tax.

Senate Republicans, who hold a 30-to-20 majority, want across-the-board spending cuts instead.  Although the state has been operating without a budget since July 1st, Pileggi says it's the wrong time for an increase in the personal income tax.  On Monday, Rendell was critical of the Senate Republicans, describing their position as intransigent.

Meanwhile, neogations continue today in Harrisburg. Governor Rendell says that if lawmakers do not come to an agree by tonight, he will put a temporary bare-bones budget in place to allow state workers to get their paychecks.

Several thousand annoyed state workers rallied at the Capitol Tuesday demanding something be done.  WGAL-TV reports over 100-thousand state employees are affected, 80-thousand will have only received partial paychecks, and 33-thousand will not see a paycheck at all this Friday. The protest was organized by the state's largest labor unions.