Gov. Wolf Vetoes Parts of State Budget; Allows Emergency School Funding

Screen Shot 2015-12-29 at 10.33.54 AMHARRISBURG, Pa. (EYT) – Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has announced that he would line-item veto the $30.3 billion state spending plan put together by the House GOP.

The announcement was made during a Tuesday morning press conference at Pennsylvania’s State Capitol.

During the press conference, Governor Wolf said he is vetoing parts of the budget, specifically educational funding cuts.

“I’m vetoing the Republican plan to cut $95 million from education, and I’m also vetoing other items that they don’t pay for,” said Governor Wolf. “I’m calling on our legislators to get back to Harrisburg and back to the work they left unfinished last week.”

The governor said he would allow emergency funding for schools, counties and human service agencies affected by the budget impasse.

“I’m allowing emergency funding for our schools to get out,” said Governor Wolf. “I’m also letting funding go out to our human service agencies and to our counties. But this is on an emergency basis only.”

“In doing this, I’m expressing the outrage that all of us should feel about the garbage the Republican legislative leaders have tried to dump on us. This budget is wrong for Pennsylvania. And our legislators, the folks we elected to serve us, need to own up to this. They need to do their jobs.”

“This budget is wrong for so many reasons, but especially because it does not balance, increases our deficit and fails to invest in our schools and our future.” said Governor Wolf. “It’s doubly frustrating because we were so close to a reasonable one.”

Efforts to reach a final agreement stalled last week and were further delayed after lawmakers left for the holiday.

“They simply left town before finishing their job. They ran off before finishing their job.”

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