Pennsylvania governor orders hiring freeze

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WKBN) – Pennsylvania’s budget stalemate is in its fourth month, and now Gov. Tom Wolf has ordered a travel and hiring freeze.

There is now a general hiring freeze for most state positions. Positions involving law enforcement, state revenue or caregivers are excluded.

Travel and related costs will also be prohibited, except for critical trips and those paid for by a third party.

Republican lawmakers plan to bring a budget proposal by Wolf to a vote next Wednesday. That plan calls for $5 billion in tax increases over two years, including tax increases on income and sales, taxes on Marcellus Shale and smokeless tobacco.

House Majority Leader David Reed has said he believes that there are not enough votes the Governor’s plan, however, citing a lack of support by Democrats.

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