PA-BGT: Senate Close to Veto Override
As Gov. Tom Wolf readies his pen to veto another budget, Senate Democrats are on the verge of lining up to override him.
A handful of Democrats in the State Senate could change their minds if the Governor can’t deliver on his promise that no public school will close during the impasse, Democratic Sen. Lisa Boscola told Chris Comisac of Capitolwire.
When contacted by Capitolwire, Wolf spokesman Jeffrey Sheridan denied the Governor made that promise during a meeting on Monday night. Sheridan said he was told Gov. Wolf admitted schools would close during that meeting.
“If we do not get a final budget that does the things he’s been fighting for, schools are going to close soon,” Sheridan reiterated, while saying he doesn’t know of any district in danger of shutting down.
The state’s 31 GOP Senators would be able to override Wolf’s veto with the support of just two Democrats, while an override in the House would require 16 Democrats (17 when the winners of Tuesday’s special elections are sworn in) to join their Republican colleagues.
House GOP leadership could see Wednesday’s vote as reason to be optimistic about an override after 13 Democrats crossed the aisle to help pass the budget package.
State legislators are now just hoping to pass a budget before the fiscal year is over, with a comprehensive spending plan now 261 days overdue.