Wolf to let $32B spending bill become law

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Gov. Tom Wolf says he’ll allow a nearly $32 billion spending bill to become law without his signature.

The Democratic governor had until midnight Monday to sign, veto, or strike out some of the spending.

The budget is not in balance and lawmakers have failed to come to an agreement on how to fund it. Wolf is seeking more in tax increases to avoid another credit downgrade.

“I am going to let this general appropriations bill become law without my signature in the hope that we can continue to work together on a sustainable budget solution that sets Pennsylvania on the right path,” Wolf said in a statement.

“Just last week, we received a warning that if we did not do the hard work to balance our budget, Pennsylvania’s credit would be downgraded. This independent call to action made it clear we must avoid gimmicks to protect from a downgrade, as we have been able to do since I took office.”

“In the coming days, it is my hope that the General Assembly will come together to pass a responsible solution to balance our books,” he said. “There are many options available to balance the budget in the long-term like those I presented earlier this year. Our creditors and the people of Pennsylvania understand a responsible resolution must take real and necessary steps to improve Pennsylvania’s fiscal future.”

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