HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf has 10 days to sign a $30.3 billion House-passed budget the Senate sent to him Wednesday or the measure becomes law without his signature.
The Senate voted 33-17 to send the bill to the governor in the 176th day of a budget impasse, putting the onus on Wolf as Pennsylvania was about to set a record Thursday for the longest budget stalemate in at least 40 years.
The budget would increase spending by 3.7 percent but not raise state taxes.
Wolf, a Democrat, did not say whether he would sign or veto the bill.
Gov. Wolf has compromised on the #PaBudget - it's time for the GOP to do the same: Vincent J. HughesNovember 9, 2015News Clip
Elected officials must be driven by principles and core values. But it's also vital to pay attention to the messages being sent by public. Pennsylvania voters delivered a strong message to the Republican Party on Election Day, sweeping Democrats into control of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
This should send a clear message to Republicans in Harrisburg: It's time to compromise with Democrats and pass a state budget that fully addresses the needs of the Commonwealth.
One day after the state House torpedoed Gov. Wolf's plan to increase school funding through tax hikes, State Sen. Vincent Hughes (D., Phila.) said it takes two sides to compromise in order to pass a state budget.
And the minority chair of the Appropriations Committee suggested that Republicans - who control both the House and Senate - are trying to ensure that Wolf is a one-term governor.
"One of the problems is . . . that there is a new Republican Party operating in Pennsylvania," Hughes said at a news conference Thursday.
State funding for key human services and public education continues to shrink amid partisan politics in Harrisburg, State Sen. Vincent Hughes told the Urban Affairs Coalition (UAC) leadership Thursday.
Many of those programs are administered by the coalition, led by President Sharmain Matlock Turner, who thanked the Democratic Senate Appropriations chairman for staying responsive to the needs of the community.
Hughes appeared at the Wells Fargo bank administrative building in Center City for a Thursday morning meeting with UAC partners before heading back to Harrisburg.
Democrats are calling on the leadership in Pennsylvania’s Republican-controlled legislature to drop their opposition to an extraction tax on natural gas, to break the state’s budget stalemate.
Several Democratic senators and state representatives gathered at Upper Dublin High School to call on Republican leaders to drop their opposition to a shale tax.
Democratic Senator Vincent Hughes of Philadelphia says shale drillers should pay.