Gov. Wolf, flanked by two charts, was about to veto the budget passed by the Republican-controlled legislature.
The commonwealth’s divided government is deadlocked, just over five months into the new Governor’s tenure.
“This is a budget that doesn’t work,” Wolf stated in a press conference at the Governor’s Reception Room. “The math doesn’t work, it’s not balanced.”
“So, I’m going to veto the entire budget bill.”
Using the charts as a guide, the Governor contended that the legislative Republicans used gimmicks to try to pass off the budget as truly dealing with the concerns of Pennsylvanians.
Gov. Wolf also subtly fought back against any perception that as a freshman he is out of his depth. He asserted that if he took this budget to a bank when he was a CEO, he would’ve been thrown out.
“This isn’t partisanship, this isn’t ideology, the math doesn’t work,” he said. “Two plus two equals four in the real world, not five.”
Wolf went on to criticize the legislature for not including some of his top priorities like a severance tax on natural gas drilling and property tax relief.
Governor Wolf then announced he was inviting legislative leaders to a meeting at 2:00 today.
The normally even-keeled chief executive wasn’t so much angry throughout the press conference as disappointed or even disdainful towards his opponents.
We now enter the first day of a standoff and no one knows how long it will last.