Governor Wolf was correct for calling House Republicans’ stunt a stunt. If you were on Twitter around 3:30 in the afternoon, you may have noticed House Republicans were legislatively trolling Governor Wolf and House Democrats. They’re the party in power and they can choose to do that stuff. After all the House Democrats voted against Seth Grove’s budget amendment that included all of Governor Wolf’s tax proposals, people like Brad Bumsted and the cadre of conservative trolls ran with the narrative that everyone is against Wolf’s tax proposals.
Earlier today on the Rick Smith Show, Scranton Representative Eddie Day Pashinski explained that the GOP used House Bill 283, which is a sales tax break for gun owners. In the interview, Pashinski stated:
As soon as the speaker recognized the fact that Chairman Markosek was going to present those four amendments, he set aside House Bill 1192, Adolph’s bill, and they brought out House Bill 283, which is a tax code bill. And it really is a sales tax bill that deals with sales tax exemptions on gun safes.
When that happened, Representative Grove wanted to add his amendment, which is A00808. That was the original language that Governor Wolf presented in early march.
Pashinski then goes on to explain the rest of the process and why Democrats voted against the budget amendment.