Originally published in The Patriot-News
In in his annual budget address last week, Gov. Tom Wolf patted himself on the back for his management of the state’s finances. He took credit for shoring up the state’s Rainy Day Fund, balancing the budget without raising taxes, reforming public pensions, putting wine in grocery stores, and potentially leaving a surplus to his successor.
While these are positive developments, they materialized not because of Wolf’s leadership, but despite his opposition. These accomplishments only occurred because, for years, legislators rejected Wolf’s tax and spending proposals.
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