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With budget deal not forthcoming, lawmakers try to "keep hope alive"

Written by Katie Meyer, Capitol Bureau Chief | Jul 10, 2017 4:59 PM

Eight hours before the budget deadline, the governor hasn't said what he plans to do with the unbalanced spending plan.


(Harrisburg) -- There is still no agreement between the state legislature and Governor Tom Wolf on how to fund the state budget, 10 days into a standoff.

GOP leaders say that won't change before midnight on Monday--even if everything goes perfectly from here on out.

"We logistically couldn't get it ready in time," Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman said. "It won't happen today."

Wolf has indicated that come midnight, he will let the unbalanced spending plan become law without his signature--the same thing he did for last year's budget. 

There was some initial hope Monday that an agreement might be forthcoming before the midnight deadline.

But Corman said while members might pass some code bills today, the major components of the plan won't be sent to Wolf yet.

"We're just trying to keep hope alive here and get things done," he said. "We're not going home. We're doing what it takes, keeping ourselves busy getting this budget stuff done. And we'll just keep at it."

Wolf rejected a GOP proposal Sunday that filled the more than $2 billion budget gap with fund transfers, over a $1.5 billion worth of borrowing, and a gambling expansion that would create up to 10 new "mini-casinos."

He told leaders it didn't include enough recurring revenue. They maintain that it did.

This story has been updated to reflect the governor's plan to allow the unbalanced budget to become law. 

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