Clock ticks down to another budget decision day for Wolf

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The clock keeps ticking toward decision day for Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf on budget legislation that’s only partially funded.

Wednesday is the sixth day of the 2016-17 fiscal year and Pennsylvania’s Legislature wasn’t in session again as budget negotiators try to settle a $1 billion-plus hole in a deficit-riddled budget plan.

Under discussion are higher taxes on tobacco products and a huge expansion of casino-style gambling.

Lawmakers last week sent the main appropriations bill in a $31.5 billion budget to Wolf’s desk. But he says he won’t sign it without sustainable revenues to fund it.

He has until midnight Monday to make a decision on it before it becomes law without his signature. Meanwhile, spending bills authorizing hundreds of millions of dollars for state-subsidized universities remain in the House.

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