News

Day 120: Democrats kill GOP's veto override in Pennsylvania Senate

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 28, 2015 2:30 PM
Harrisburg capitol 600x340.jpg

Photo by David Wilson/ via Flickr Creative Commons

(Harrisburg) -- Democrats in the Pennsylvania Senate killed a Republican bid to override Gov. Tom Wolf's veto of a short-term spending plan, and now Republicans are working on a counteroffer in a bid to break a four-month stalemate.

Wednesday's vote in the Senate came on the 120th day of a partisan budget battle between the first-term Democratic governor and the Legislature's huge Republican majorities.

A successful override requires 33 of the Senate's 49 members, but all 19 Democrats voted against it. Wolf on Sept. 29 vetoed the $11 billion Republican spending package that sought to release billions in federal dollars.

Now, Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman says House and Senate Republicans are trying to develop a comprehensive counteroffer to Democrats, but he says major details remain to be worked out.

An earlier story is below: 

Democrats in the state Senate aren't going along with a Republican bid to override Governor Tom Wolf's veto of a short-term spending plan designed to break a four-month stalemate.

Today's vote came on the 120th day of a partisan budget battle between the first-term Democratic governor and the Legislature's Republican majorities. 

The override required 33 of the Senate's 49 members, but all 19 Democrats voted against it.

Wolf on September 29 vetoed the $11 billion Republican spending package that sought to release billions in federal dollars. 

Meanwhile, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale reports that borrowing by Pennsylvania's school districts is on the rise.

He says school districts have borrowed more than $430 million to keep their doors open, a number that could hit $1 billion in early December. 

Published in News

Tagged under , , , , , ,

back to top

Post a comment

Give Now

Estate Planning

Support for WITF is provided by:

Become a WITF sponsor today »

Smart Talk

National Edward R. Murrow Awards

DuPont Columbia Awards

Support Local Journalism

Latest News from NPR

Support for WITF is provided by:

Become a WITF sponsor today »