On Smart Talk, Wolf opens door to 'get some money' to schools, universities

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 16, 2016 10:06 AM

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(Harrisburg) -- Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf is suggesting that he may sign at least part of Republican lawmakers' spending legislation that could arrive on his desk by the day's end.

Wolf for a second day Wednesday wouldn't say whether he'd sign or veto a $6 billion spending bill.

It's designed to resolve a partisan fight that's left schools and universities warning of closures two-thirds into the state's fiscal year.

But during an appearance on WITF's Smart Talk, Wolf said he thinks "we can get some money out."

Still, Wolf warns that Republicans haven't gotten serious about resolving an approximately $2 billion projected deficit.

Wolf is proposing a $2.7 billion tax increase to wipe it out and boost school spending.

A bipartisan spending deal involving a tax increase collapsed in December after House GOP leaders pulled their support.

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