Here’s a timeline of how the House Republicans have simply failed to do the job they were elected to do:
June 30th, 2017 – The House and Senate pass a budget, but do not pass a revenue package to fund it. Governor Wolf calls for a sustainable revenue package.
July 22, 2017 – Speaker of the House Mike Turzai calls his members in for a Saturday session, fails to take any votes on a revenue package, and then recesses without plans to return until September 11th.
July 27, 2017 – The Senate passes a responsible revenue package to fund the budget that includes a severance tax on oil and gas companies.
August 10, 2017 – Dave Reed says he hopes to have a budget deal by the end of August.
August 24, 2017 – The AP reports that Speaker Mike Turzai has no plans to bring the House back to session before September 11th despite the fact that the state will run out of money to pay its bills by September 15th.
September 11, 2017 – House returns to session and Speaker Mike Turzai (R., Allegheny) told rank-and-file lawmakers that they would remain in Harrisburg until a revenue package passed.
September 13, 2017 – The House passes an irresponsible budget plan that was dead on arrival in the Senate.
September 15, 2017 – The state misses more than $1 billion in payments to Medicaid providers due to House Republicans failed leadership.
September 15, 2017 – Governor Wolf announces that without action by House Republicans, a credit downgrade is imminent.
September 16, 2017 – Governor Wolf calls meeting with legislative leaders over the weekend to bring budget to a close. House Republicans agree to deal.
September 20, 2017 – S&P downgrades Pennsylvania’s credit due to House Republicans failed leadership and inaction.
October 2, 2017 – House Republicans float a plan to tax commercial storage. It never gets a vote.
October 3, 2017 – House Republicans plan a vote on a 5% hotel tax to fund the budget. It never gets a vote.
October 4, 2017 – After the House fails to bring any of their budget proposals to the floor, Governor Wolf draws a line in the sand and says he will not wait for House Republicans to pass a budget and that he will manage the state’s finances himself.