Democrats urge Wolf to relent on veto threat in budget fight

They pressed Wolf on Monday amid doubt over whether the Democratic governor's veto of a $6.6 billion package could withstand an override vote in a gridlock-weary Legislature

Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf
(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Democratic lawmakers are urging Gov. Tom Wolf to approve enough aid to keep schools and agricultural extension offices across Pennsylvania from closing and back off his threat to veto Republican spending legislation he opposes.

They pressed Wolf on Monday amid doubt over whether the Democratic governor’s veto of a $6.6 billion package could withstand an override vote in a gridlock-weary Legislature.

Rep. Michael Carroll of Luzerne County says he wants Wolf to release enough money to keep schools open through the school year. But he also says Republicans haven’t yet been willing to deliver enough school aid to stop persistent local property tax increases.

Sen. Vince Hughes of Philadelphia says he wants to use this opportunity to be responsible and avoid another fractious partisan fight over next year’s budget.

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