By Mike DeNardo
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Democrats are calling on the leadership in Pennsylvania’s Republican-controlled legislature to drop their opposition to an extraction tax on natural gas, to break the state’s budget stalemate.READ MORE: 2 Mothers, Babies Rushed To Hospital After Being Rescued From Burning Frankford Apartment Building, Officials Say
Several Democratic senators and state representatives gathered at Upper Dublin High School, to call on Republican leaders to drop their opposition to a shale tax.
Democratic Senator Vincent Hughes of Philadelphia says shale drillers should pay.READ MORE: Derek Chauvin Trial: Pennsylvania National Guard Activated To Philadelphia As Officials Prepare For Verdict
“It’s only fair that they contribute.” says Hughes. “Especially at a time when our schools — many of our schools across the state of Pennsylvania are in severe crisis.”
But Jennifer Coker, a spokeswoman for Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman, says the Republican leadership has already presented Governor Wolf with an offer to fund schools.
“We said, Done. Here it is, if you give us our number-one priority which has been reforming the pension system in a meaningful way.”MORE NEWS: Keith Campbell Sentenced Up To 76 Years In Head-On Crash That Killed 3, Including 2 Mummers, In South Philly
The GOP leadership is reportedly preparing stopgap spending bills while the budget battle drags on.