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Wolf won't endorse House budget plan, says it's not balanced

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 28, 2016 10:45 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf says he's concerned about budget legislation developing in the House, but says there's still time to fix its flaws.

Wolf said Tuesday that he hasn't agreed to the House's plan, and hopes the Senate will fix its flaws, should it pass the House.

Wolf spoke during a regularly scheduled appearance on KQV-AM radio in Pittsburgh. The state's 2016-17 fiscal year starts Friday.

A nearly $31.6 billion spending plan is nearing a vote in the Republican-controlled House. It would increase overall spending by 5 percent and K-12 public school spending by $200 million, or about 3 percent. Wolf had sought $250 million for schools.

The House plan includes a package of tax increases on tobacco products, but Wolf says it doesn't carry enough revenue to balance a deficit.

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