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House GOP must get 'act together' on budget, governor says

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 22, 2017 9:37 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf is urging House Republican leaders to "get their act together" and return to Harrisburg to resolve a badly out-of-balance budget that's lingering seven weeks into the fiscal year.

Wolf spoke Tuesday during a regularly scheduled appearance on KDKA-AM radio in Pittsburgh.

Wolf supports a $2.2 billion revenue plan that passed the Republican-controlled Senate last month. It relies heavily on borrowing, taxing consumers' utility bills and expanding casino gambling to fill gaps in Pennsylvania's deficit-ridden finances. House Republicans say they're trying to develop a revenue package without increasing borrowing or taxes.

Some state officials are warning that, without a loan or an emergency revenue package within days or weeks, the state must start postponing payment on bills or freezing program money. Wolf isn't discussing his contingency plans.

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