Wolf to reveal next move, week after getting GOP budget plan

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 29, 2015 7:43 AM

(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania's Democratic governor is about to announce his plans for a Republican-passed spending plan he could sign, reject or whittle down.

Gov. Tom Wolf's office declined to say what he will announce Tuesday morning from his paneled reception room in the Capitol.

He could decide to sign it and end a 6-month-old budget stalemate about two months before he'll have to lay out his plans for the coming year's budget.

The Republican bill doesn't include all of the new spending on education Wolf negotiated with GOP leaders, a deal they haven't been able to get out of the Legislature.

The governor also has line-item veto authority to cancel some spending categories and allow others.

Pennsylvania's been without a state budget since the current year began July 1.

An earlier story is below:

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf is planning to make an announcement about Pennsylvania's state budget as a government impasse threatens to enter its seventh month.

A Wolf administration spokesman wouldn't say what Wolf plans to announce Tuesday morning.

The Democrat is considering what to do about an appropriations bill on his desk that authorizes hundreds of millions less than what Wolf wanted for schools and social services. He can sign it or veto it, and he can also eliminate any of the individual spending items in it.

After a bipartisan budget compromise stalled last week, the Republican-controlled Senate sent the bill to Wolf in an effort to get money flowing to schools and social service agencies. It also lacks some supporting legislation and funding for state-related universities, including Penn State.

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