Pennsylvania’s Governor Tom Wolf on Tuesday rejected a budget proposed by Republican-led lawmakers, calling it ‘garbage,’ but allowed spending on education and some services to go ahead to avoid a threatened closure of schools in the state.
“I am expressing the outrage that all of us should feel about the garbage the Republican legislative leaders have tried to dump on us,” said a visibly angry Wolf. “This budget is wrong for Pennsylvania, and the legislature, the folks we elected to serve us, need to own up to this.”
Pennsylvania has been without a budget for six months due to a feud between Wolf, a Democrat who took office at the start of the year, and the Republican-controlled legislature.
The line-item veto exercised by the governor will allow spending of around $23.3 billion, compared to the $30.3 billion that was in the Republicans’ budget proposal.
That money will go towards education funding, state corrections institutions and medical assistance, Wolf said.
The move buys a reprieve for the state’s schools that are running low on funds. Philadelphia, the state’s largest school district, has said it would have to shut its doors in late January if the budget stalemate goes unresolved.
(Reporting by David DeKok in Harrisburg; Editing by Bernadette Baum)