$3 billion budget gap ball bounces into court of GOP lawmakers after they panned Wolf's plan

The $3 billion ball is in the Republicans' court.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's first budget proposal has been panned by Republicans who control both chambers.

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That plan would raise taxes on sales, income and natural gas drilling to balance the budget and finance more than $4 billion in new education funding and aid to school districts to cut property taxes.

Republicans will be hard-pressed the next couple of months to write a plan to erase a $2 billion projected deficit and pay for an additional $1 billion-plus in rising costs. That doesn't include providing more money to school districts, which Wolf is demanding.

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati says Republicans aren't planning to vote for a tax increase, but he won't yet say how Republicans will find the money.