State House Sound Bites

Capitol reporter Katie Meyer covers Pennsylvania politics and issues at the Pennsylvania state capitol.

No easy answers as second budget deadline approaches

Written by Katie Meyer | Jul 7, 2016 9:36 PM

Governor Tom Wolf has until Monday at midnight to act on the proposed state budget. (Photo by AP)

(Harrisburg) -- Behind closed doors at the state Capitol, caucus leaders are quietly scrambling to come to a consensus on how to fill a revenue gap of over one billion dollars in the state budget.

Their deadline is midnight on Monday.

That's when Governor Tom Wolf has to sign, veto, or cut spending to balance the proposed budget plan. Otherwise, it automatically becomes law.

Wolf spokesman Jeff Sheridan says the governor doesn't expect to reach an agreement before the weekend.

In a video update, Wolf put a positive face on the negotiations, saying he "look[s] forward to working with representatives and senators, both Democrats and Republicans, to make sure we have a good balanced budget."

He added that the plan must include sustainable revenue.

The House is slated to resume session on Sunday afternoon.

The Senate is on call, but spokeswoman Jennifer Kocher said a session will only happen if there is definite action.

Sheridan said even if the spending plan isn't done by Sunday, there will still be enough time on Monday to come to a decision.

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