HARRISBURG, Pa. - The Democratic candidate for Pennsylvania governor says he's suspicious about revenue numbers in the budget passed by Republican majorities in the Legislature and now awaiting action by Gov. Tom Corbett.
Tom Wolf told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the budget was based on "smoke and mirrors" and dubious assumptions about how much money the state will collect in the coming year.
Wolf, who served for about a year and a half as state revenue secretary under Gov. Ed Rendell, says he'd balance the budget by imposing a 5 percent severance tax on natural gas drilling, expanding Medicaid under the federal health care law and closing tax loopholes.
Corbett, a Republican, hasn't said whether he'll sign the $29.1 billion budget that was approved on nearly party lines.