Governor Wolf won't cave on demand to fix state's deficit

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 13, 2015 9:17 AM

FILE PHOTO: Gov. Tom Wolf greets a man on the street as he walks Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, in Philadelphia before Pope Francis' upcoming trip. The pope wraps up his U.S. visit this weekend in Philadelphia, where he speaks in front of Independence Hall and celebrates Mass on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to close out a big rally on Catholic families. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

(Harrisburg) -- Governor Tom Wolf says he won't "cave'' on his demand that state lawmakers agree to measures to wipe out Pennsylvania state government's long-term deficit that's plunged its credit rating into the bottom ranks of states. 

Wolf spoke earlier today on Pittsburgh radio station KDKA-AM.

He maintains that a refusal to fix the deficit now will mean cuts next year in aid to education and human services. 

The commonwealth's government has been in a partial shutdown for more than 100 days as the Republican-controlled Legislature resists Wolf's request for a multibillion-dollar tax increase.

The first-term Democrat says it's necessary to resolve the deficit and help correct steep disparities in public school funding. 

Wolf reported no progress in talks since the House last week defeated a $2.4 billion tax package presented by his administration.

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