HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Lawmakers aren’t protesting Gov. Tom Wolf’s decision not to stop a $31 billion spending bill from becoming law, even though Pennsylvania lawmakers haven’t figured out how to pay for it.
Senate Democratic leader Jay Costa says letting the spending bill become law keeps dollars flowing to schools and other important programs. Top Senate Republicans say they’re committed to working toward an agreement to fully fund the spending bill.
Meanwhile, another nearly $600 million in aid to Penn State, Temple, Pitt, Lincoln and Penn remains in limbo in the House.
Discussion of a $1.3 billion revenue package centers on a $1 per-pack cigarette tax increase and an expansion of casino-style gambling.
The House and Senate return to session Monday. The bill becomes law without Wolf’s signature midnight Monday.
The governor’s office says the administration can’t spend more money than it has coming in. But it couldn’t immediately say how that would affect programs, should revenue negotiations fail.