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Wolf to appeal to rank-and-file GOP lawmakers on budget plan

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 30, 2015 11:29 AM
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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf speaks during a news conference, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, in Norristown.

(Harrisburg) -- Gov. Tom Wolf says he's reaching out to rank-and-file Republican lawmakers in an effort to build majority support for a budget plan that can break a three-month-old budget stalemate.

The first-term Democrat said on KQV-AM radio in Pittsburgh today that he believes he also can win over "good Republican legislators" who are tired of the stalemate.

Republican majority leaders told Wolf last week that they'd allow a floor vote on a budget package that includes a tax increase if Democrats can secure enough support to pass it. Still, Republican leaders maintain that there's not enough support in the Legislature to pass an income or sales tax increase.

Republican Rep. Gene DiGirolamo of Bucks County says it'll be difficult, but not impossible for Wolf to woo enough Republicans to his side.

An earlier story is below:

Gov. Tom Wolf says he'll reach out to rank-and-file Republican lawmakers in an effort to build majority support for his stalled state budget plan.

The Democrat tells KQV-AM radio in Pittsburgh that he'll continue to work with GOP leaders but that he believes he also can win over "good Republican legislators" who are tired of the three-month-old budget stalemate,

On Tuesday, Wolf made good on a threat to veto a GOP-crafted $11 billion stopgap spending package. Republicans argued that it would have eased hardships on schools and social services and said Wolf does not realize Pennsylvanians cannot afford his proposed multibillion-dollar tax increase.

Wolf says the state needs a comprehensive approach that boosts aid to public schools and closes a long-term budget deficit for good.

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