Gov. Wolf rips GOP plan in latest budget showdown

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 15, 2016 10:31 AM

(Harrisburg) -- Democratic Governor Tom Wolf is blasting the latest budget plan being advanced by Republican lawmakers in the state's eight-months-long partisan battle.  

Wolf says the plan being unveiled later today is out of balance and leaves next year's massive projected deficit unresolved.

His office also says it doesn't adequately fund schools. 

House and Senate Republicans say it doesn't require a tax increase to balance, and delivers half the public school aid increase, $200 million, that Wolf had sought. 

Republicans say they'll send the main appropriations bill in the $30 billion package to Wolf's desk tomorrow.

It would increase spending by about three percent overall.

Wolf isn't saying whether he'll sign it. 

Republicans say they hope it'll end a budget fight that's left billions of dollars in limbo.

Schools are borrowing to stay open and Penn State is threatening to shut down agricultural extension offices. 

A bipartisan deal collapsed in December, after House GOP leaders pulled support.

That $30.8 billion spending plan involved a $1 billion-plus tax increase.  

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