Wolf seeks to reassure state workers, vendors, on budget

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Gov. Tom Wolf is reaching out to state employees and stakeholders about the possibility that the state government will not have a budget in place when the new fiscal year begins Wednesday.

In Monday’s letter to tens of thousands of state workers, the Democratic governor said they’ll continue to be paid on time for their work. In a separate letter, he advised vendors and contractors to work with the state so payment delays can be resolved once a budget is passed.

Republicans who control the Legislature spent the weekend advancing a plan to boost education funding without raising taxes. Wolf, who has signaled he is likely to veto at least some of the GOP plan, wants substantially larger increases for schools and a tax shift to reduce local property taxes.

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