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Tom Wolf faces big decisions on budget, policies

Democrat Tom Wolf had to make high-pressure decisions while running a business, serving as state revenue secretary and successfully campaigning for governor. But that’s nothing like what awaits him in January when he’s sworn in as Pennsylvania’s chief executive.

He’ll have to decide what policy and spending choices to propose in the state budget address just three months down the road, facing a major deficit and strong Republican majorities in the Legislature.

Personnel decisions also loom large for Wolf and his lieutenants.

His aides say no one should be surprised at Wolf’s main priorities: Medicaid expansion, education funding and a tax on natural gas extraction.

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