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Wolf reveals few details on talks to finish unbalanced budget

Written by Katie Meyer, Capitol Bureau Chief | Jul 12, 2017 5:50 PM
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Wolf answered questions about the budget after a press conference on an unrelated topic. (Photo by AP)

(Harrisburg) -- With the state budget unbalanced and the legislature in recess, Governor Tom Wolf is expressing optimism a deal will get done.

He had few details he was willing to share, however.

"Let me just make it clear," he said. "I'm negotiating. We are negotiating the same way we've negotiated all these things that have gotten some very good, responsible legislation done in the past, and I'm very optimistic that we're going to get to a very good, balanced budget revenue option here in Pennsylvania."

But when reporters asked if he'd say which budget items were close to completion, the answer was firm.

"No," Wolf said.

Because the spending plan already law, the state is authorized to keep doling out money as usual.

Wolf noted that revenue is still coming in, regardless of the fact that an updated revenue plan isn't finished. He said he doesn't foresee imminent cash problems.

The state constitution requires the commonwealth pass a budget that's balanced.

Wolf said while he recognizes that's not the case yet, he's fairly sure the current situation is constitutional.

"I'm not the attorney, but we are taking a close look at what we can do constitutionally, and I'm very comfortable that we're doing the right things," he said.

House GOP leader Dave Reed has accused Wolf of not being involved enough in the process, and said Tuesday that he's "not optimistic" they'll come to an agreement soon.

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