Gov. Tom Wolf says he won’t “cave” on his demand that lawmakers agree to measures to wipe out Pennsylvania state government’s long-term deficit that’s plunged its credit rating into the bottom ranks of states.
Wolf spoke Tuesday on Pittsburgh radio station KDKA-AM. Wolf maintains that a refusal to fix the deficit now will mean cuts next year in aid to education and human services.
Pennsylvania’s government has been in a partial shutdown for more than 100 days as the Republican-controlled Legislature resists Wolf’s request for a multibillion-dollar tax increase. The first-term Democrat says it’s necessary to resolve the deficit and help correct steep disparities in public school funding.
Wolf reported no progress in talks since the House last week defeated a $2.4 billion tax package presented by his administration.