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Wolf warns of 'train wreck' without balanced budget

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 26, 2016 10:54 AM

(Harrisburg) -- Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf is warning of huge cuts in spending for education and local services next year without a balanced budget as Pennsylvania lawmakers return to the state Capitol.

Wolf spoke during a regular appearance on KDKA-AM radio in Pittsburgh. He says he's trying to avoid a ``train wreck'' that would also drive up local taxes. The Republican-controlled House and Senate were set to reconvene Tuesday amid a 7-month-old budget fight that's left billions in school aid in limbo.

Wolf's pressing for a tax increase to deliver a record boost in public school aid and to fix a long-term deficit. But that plan stalled and Wolf says the Republicans haven't figured out how to pay for the spending in a plan they sent to him before Christmas.

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