HARRISBURG, PA—There is less than a month until the state budget deadline. Some lawmakers are predicting the new plan will not be passed on time.
"Nobody is going to like this budget, it is not a good one," said Governor Ed Rendell.
Democrats, came up with a $29 billion plan. They are now going through the plan, hoping to make cuts totaling at least $400 million.
"Even in areas where I didn't think there should be any cuts at all, like our economic development programs, I compromised and made cuts," said Governor Rendell.
Republicans are pushing for even more cuts to avoid a tax hike.
"If we don't make the hard choices now, unfortunately we set ourselves up for a huge tax increase down the road," said Rep. Gordon Denlinger (R) Lancaster County.
"It is going to require tough decisions but certainly raising the personal income tax in this economic downturn is not the way to go," said Rep. Todd Rock (R) Franklin County.
"We need to look closely at things that we don't need or can do without for a year or two," said Rep. Tina Pickett (R) Bradford, Sullivan, and Susquehanna Counties.
The governor says Republicans want to slash a billion dollars from education and basically eliminate economic development programs. Rendell says that will not happen. He also says he hopes to avoid raising taxes for hard-working Pennsylvanians.
"This is a tough process and it is not one that gives me any joy at all, but it has got to be done and it has got to be done right," said Governor Rendell.
"If you don't have the money, you can't spend it and you have to live within your means, this governor doesn't believe that," said Rep. Mario Civera, (R) Delaware County.
Rendell says he is anticipating up to 800 layoffs for state workers, as well as furloughs.
Lawmakers say they are expecting a battle at the capitol that will likely last past June 30th.