Wolf attacks GOP budget, says Pennsylvania state government needs to put its finances in order



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HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania — Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf isn't backing off his demand for a new state budget after vetoing a $30.2 billion document passed solely by Republican state lawmakers.

Wolf told KDKA-AM radio in Pittsburgh on Tuesday morning that the Republican budget bill didn't balance and Pennsylvania state government needs to get serious about putting its finances in order.

Republicans are pitting their no-new-taxes budget that uses transfers and payment delays to balance against Wolf's request for billions of dollars in tax increases to fund a record boost in public school aid and wipe out a long-term deficit that's damaged Pennsylvania's credit rating.

The veto and subsequent stalemate's left the state government with limited spending authority since last week. No additional meetings were planned. A Friday deadline looms for Wolf to decide on a Republican-crafted pension overhaul bill.

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