PA-BGT: Wolf to Veto ‘Garbage’ Budget Line by Line (UPDATED with VIDEO)
It’s back to the drawing board for budget negotiators, but there are some winners before the New Year in what has become a six-month trench war.
Wolf’s line-item veto will allow critical funding for public schools and human service providers in the state but will force all parties back to the negotiating table.
The first-year Democratic Governor slammed his colleagues in the General Assembly for leaving for the year without a budget agreement in place.
Wolf also accused House GOP leaders of stalling on the $30.8 billion spending plan which looked set for his desk before legislators began their holidays. The only vote the House held on Dec. 23 was a roll call.
“They can deny what they did. They can try to justify what they did. They can throw around all the political nonsense they want, but the fact remains. They ran off, pretty quickly at that,” Wolf said in the press conference. “They ran off before they finished their job.”
Wolf said he will veto parts of the budget plan that cut an additional $95 million from education funding, instead releasing the first 6 months of the state’s school funding and authorizing over $23 billion in total emergency spending.