HARRISBURG — Members of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board say they haven't discussed the governor's proposal to borrow money for the state budget but will cooperate with his office to explore it.
Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf said Wednesday he's tired of waiting for Republican lawmakers to produce a plan to wipe out a projected $2.2 billion deficit. He says he'll look to borrow against profits from the state-controlled liquor system to help patch it.
Wolf announced the move after efforts in the GOP-controlled House of Representatives to impose a new tax on Marcellus Shale natural gas production and nearly double the state hotel tax rate all but collapsed.
Republican House Majority Leader Dave Reed says Wolf is covering for Democrats' "inability to get anything done."
The House and Senate adjourned Wednesday without plans to return before Oct. 16, leaving $600 million in higher education aid in limbo.