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Governor Wolf signs most of legislature-passed revenue plan

Written by Katie Meyer, Capitol Bureau Chief | Oct 31, 2017 4:32 AM
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Governor Tom Wolf signing legislation. (Photo by AP)

(Harrisburg) -- Governor Tom Wolf has signed the majority of the revenue plan passed by the legislature last week --four months past the deadline.

But he hasn't signed the public school code yet, and in a briefing Monday, appeared to leave open the possibility of vetoing it.

The rest of the revenue package fills a $2.2 billion hole in the $32 billion budget.

Most of it is based on borrowing and fund transfers, as well as an extensive gambling expansion that'll allow up to 10 new miniature casinos in the commonwealth, video gaming terminals in truck stops, and gaming online and in airports.

But during a Pennsylvania Press Club Luncheon, Wolf was evasive when asked about the school bill.

"There are a couple things I'm not real comfortable with," he said. "I thought I'd get a cleaner bill than I got, and so I'd like to have them go back to the drawing board."

The governor wouldn't say whether he's actually committed to vetoing and renegotiating the bill, signing it, or just letting it become law without a signature.

He also didn't elaborate on what he opposed about the school code.

His spokesman said one of the issues is a provision allowing districts to lay off teachers for economic reasons, and use evaluations -- not seniority -- to decide who stays.

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