Wolf vetoes part of state budget, frees up $23.3 billion

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 29, 2015 10:49 AM

Photo by Marie Cusick, WITF

Gov. Tom Wolf announces that he will veto parts of an overdue budget passed by the Republican-controlled House and Senate. The line-item veto will let $23.3 billion flow to education, human services, and other state government functions.

(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf says he is rejecting parts of a $30.3 billion state budget plan that's already a record six months overdue, but he's freeing up over $23 billion in emergency funding. 

At a news conference at the Capitol in Harrisburg on Tuesday, the Democrat said the Republican-backed proposal falls short and lawmakers "left town before they finished their job."

However, he says he'll release funds so schools and social services can stay open.

The bill resembles a GOP budget plan Wolf vetoed on June 30. It contains about $500 million less than a deal Wolf had negotiated with Republican leaders. Both proposals required unspecified tax increases.

Republican leaders scaled down that plan last week after a bill to reduce state pension costs stalled in the GOP-controlled House.

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