Wolf mum for now on fate of Pa. budget bill on his desk

    Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf is planning to make an announcement about Pennsylvania’s state budget as a government impasse threatens to enter its seventh month.

    A Wolf administration spokesman wouldn’t say what Wolf plans to announce Tuesday morning.

    The Democrat is considering what to do about an appropriations bill on his desk that authorizes hundreds of millions less than what Wolf wanted for schools and social services. He can sign it or veto it, and he can also eliminate any of the individual spending items in it.

    After a bipartisan budget compromise stalled last week, the Republican-controlled Senate sent the bill to Wolf in an effort to get money flowing to schools and social service agencies. It also lacks some supporting legislation and funding for state-related universities, including Penn State.

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