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Wolf, Scarnati underscore differences holding up Pennsylvania budget

Pennsylvania entered its sixth week without a state budget Wednesday as the Democratic governor and the top Senate Republican offered no evidence of progress in private negotiations and refused to set a deadline for settling the stalemate.

Gov. Tom Wolf and Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati assessed the situation in back-to-back interviews on Harrisburg radio station WITF’s “Smart Talk” program. They told program host Scott LaMar there is no date by when the budget must be approved.

Wolf said the $30.2 billion GOP budget plan he vetoed June 30, which called for a modest increase in education spending and covered rising pension and health care costs without increasing taxes, ignored pressing needs and continues to rely on accounting gimmicks that have hurt the state’s credit ratings.

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