Wolf quiet on veto plans in Pennsylvania budget fight

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 22, 2016 4:55 PM

Photo by AP Photo/Matt Rourke

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf speaks during a news conference on Tuesday, March 8, 2016, at the Trolley Car Cafe in Philadelphia.

(Harrisburg) -- Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf is remaining quiet about how he'll handle a Republican-penned spending bill as Democratic lawmakers urge him to release money to keep schools and agricultural extension offices across Pennsylvania from closing.

Wolf gave no hint Tuesday whether he'll stick to his threat to veto a $6.6 billion package.

Democratic Sen. John Blake of Lackawanna County says he urged Wolf to release money and Wolf told him he hadn't decided what to do.

Wolf's insisting that the spending package is out of balance and says the Republican-controlled Legislature must fix next year's projected $2 billion deficit with a tax increase.

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati says Republicans whittled down this year's projected deficit without increasing state taxes and says he's confident the Legislature will override a Wolf veto.

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