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Wolf says he's optimistic, insists he's doing 'right thing'

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 12, 2017 1:07 PM

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(HARRISBURG) -- Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf says he's optimistic about getting a good budget agreement and that his administration is acting legally in its handling of an unbalanced budget.

Wolf maintained Wednesday that his administration is doing the ``right thing'' and that an agreement is close.

Wednesday is the 12th day of a budget stalemate, and neither Wolf nor top lawmakers are saying when or how talks will resume after negotiations with House GOP leaders collapsed earlier this week.

Negotiators say a $2 billion-plus revenue plan is necessary to balance a nearly $32 billion budget bill that Wolf let become law without his signature at midnight Monday.

He's pressing the Republican-controlled Legislature to approve a tax package he deems to be big enough to avoid a downgrade to Pennsylvania's bruised credit rating.

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