Gov. Wolf puts down markers for signing short-term spending bill

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 15, 2015 9:09 AM

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(Harrisburg) -- Governor Tom Wolf appears to be no mood to break an 11-week-old budget stalemate by signing onto a short-term spending plan that Republican state lawmakers are preparing to advance.

The first-term Democrat told Pittsburgh radio station KDKA-AM he'd only sign a stop-gap spending plan if he has a general budget agreement with lawmakers and it would take some time to get the details in place. 

He says he won't sign a stop-gap plan that's an alternative to a budget. During the same interview, he also said he'd consider a reasonable stop-gap budget bill and he'd have to wait and see what's in the Republicans' spending package. 

With the state's spending authority curtailed, Pennsylvania's school districts, counties and nonprofit social services providers are searching for ways to scrape by. 

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