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Clock ticks down to another budget decision day for Gov. Wolf

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 6, 2016 11:00 AM
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People walk past the state Capitol building in Harrisburg. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Harrisburg) -- The clock keeps ticking toward decision day for Democratic Governor Tom Wolf on budget legislation that's only partially funded.  

Today is the sixth day of the 2016-17 fiscal year and the Legislature wasn't in session again -- as budget negotiators try to settle a $1 billion-plus hole in a deficit-riddled spending proposal. 

Under discussion are higher taxes on tobacco products and a huge expansion of casino-style gambling. 

Lawmakers last week sent the main appropriations bill in a $31.5 billion budget to Wolf's desk.

But he says he won't sign it without sustainable revenues to fund it. 

He has until midnight Monday to make a decision on it before it becomes law without his signature. 

Meanwhile, spending bills authorizing hundreds of millions of dollars for state-subsidized universities remain in the House.  

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