- Associated Press - Thursday, October 8, 2015

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Republican leaders and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf aren’t rushing to restart meetings, one day after the governor’s tax plan was soundly defeated in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

Wolf spokesman Jeff Sheridan says the governor hopes to resume talks to resolve the state’s 3-month-old budget impasse, but none were scheduled for Thursday or Friday.

Wolf’s proposal to raise the personal income tax rate and institute a new levy on natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale formation was soundly defeated in a test vote on Wednesday.

Nine Democrats joined all Republicans in the GOP-controlled chamber to vote down the proposal.

In the wake of the vote, the administration is distributing a memo about the state’s structural deficit, warning it could result in deep cuts to education and human services.

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