Wolf partially vetoes state budget, releasing emergency funds for schools
Gov. Tom Wolf announced Tuesday that he will line-item veto the latest Pennsylvania budget proposal, while releasing some emergency funding to keep schools and human services organizations in operation.
Of the $30.3 billion proposed budget, Wolf said he will sign off on $23.4 billion.
"This budget is doubly frustrating because we were so close to a reasonable one," Wolf said at a press conference in Harrisburg. "I get that people are tired of this stalemate, but we were almost there."
Accusing Republican House Leaders of running out before the job was finished, the governor added that he doesn't "have the power" to bring them back to the table, calling on citizens to hold their representatives accountable.
"We need to get it right this time, so the legislators elected to do the people's business, get back to work," Wolf continued. "Let's all of us get back to work and finish the job."
The vetoed plan would cut $95 million from Pennsylvania schools and a few other programs, which Wolf said is unacceptable. He called the proposal "garbage."
The Dept. of Education will release the emergency funding for schools "as soon as possible," he added.
With this latest veto, the budget impasse has lasted 182 days and will continue into the New Year.
Wolf's reason for line-item rather than total veto: "We're now at a point where I don't want to hold the children of PA hostage" #PAbudget
— Max M. Marin (@MaxMMarin) December 29, 2015