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Pa. House moves to restore prisons money vetoed by Wolf

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 11, 2016 2:04 AM
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Gov. Tom Wolf delivers his budget address for the 2016-17 fiscal year to a joint session of the Pennsylvania House and Senate at the State Capitol in Harrisburg Pa., Tuesday. (AP Photo/Chris Knight)

(Harrisburg) -- Democratic Governor Tom Wolf says he will veto legislation passed by the state House to restore nearly $1 billion for state prisons. 

The bill to authorize $939 million for prisons passed the Republican-controlled chamber nearly along party lines, 116 to 65.

It goes to the Senate. 

The House also approved money for child advocacy centers and hospital burn units vetoed by Wolf when Republicans sent him a budget bill in December that he opposed.

The governor is reiterating that he vetoed the money to balance a deficit that he says Republicans refused to address.

The budget fight has left state government without a full-year budget for the fiscal year that began last July 1.

The Wolf administration says payments for prison costs will continue, regardless of the veto. 

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