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On Pa. budget, GOP leaders tell Wolf the ball is in his court

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 7, 2015 4:25 AM
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FILE PHOTO: Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman, R-Centre, right, flanked by his Republican colleagues, discuss pension legislation in the Rules Committee ahead of floor debate at the state Capitol on Tuesday, June 30, 2015.

(Harrisburg) -- Leaders of the Republican majority that controls the state Legislature are telling Democratic Governor Tom Wolf that his veto of a GOP budget plan puts politics above governing and that it's up to him to produce an alternative that lawmakers will support. 

The Republican floor leaders of the state House and Senate met with Wolf on Monday before staff members of both parties resumed closed-door budget talks. 

Wolf vetoed the GOP budget last week, saying it would spend too little on education, add to the state's deficit and exclude other priorities, such as a tax on natural gas production. 

Republican leaders in both houses signed a letter to Wolf on Monday defending their no-tax-increase budget and saying taxpayers won't support the higher revenues he wants.  
    

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