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Wolf: GOP leaders blocking budget agreement

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 29, 2015 9:26 AM
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Gov. Tom Wolf greets a man on the street as he walks in Philadelphia last Friday. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

(Harrisburg) -- Gov. Tom Wolf is attacking Republican majority leaders in the legislature, saying they are the only ones blocking a sound budget as a state government stalemate nears its fourth month.

Wolf spoke earlier today during a regularly scheduled appearance on Pittsburgh's KDKA-AM. 

The first-term Democrat suggests there are many Republican lawmakers who'd sign on to the kind of spending plan he's seeking. 

Wolf wants a multibillion-dollar tax increase to wipe out GOP cuts to education aid in 2011 and fix a long-term budget deficit.

Republican leaders haven't agreed to any sort of tax increase and are pressing Wolf for bigger concessions on an overhaul of public pension benefits and wine and liquor sales. 

With state aid stalled, schools, counties and nonprofit social services organizations are trying to scrape by.  

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