Wolf: 'I can't cave' in budget fight
Chris Palmer | October 14, 2015
HARRISBURG - The path to resolving Pennsylvania's budget stalemate remained murky Tuesday, as Gov. Wolf and a top Senate ally appeared to double down on their long-held positions, while Republicans explored if they had the votes to enact a spending plan without the governor's signature.
In a radio interview, Wolf insisted he would not back off his calls for major changes to overcome the state's multibillion-dollar budget deficit.
"I think there's a dawning awareness that I'm not going to cave on this, I can't cave on this," he told KDKA-AM in Pittsburgh, shrugging off last week's rejection of his tax plan by the Republican-controlled House. "I'm one of 12.7 million Pennsylvanians, and we've got to have our state on a sound financial basis. That's all I want."
House members went home after last week's vote, but senators reconvened on Tuesday.
Jenn Kocher, a spokeswoman for the Senate Republicans, said caucus leaders were exploring the possibility of trying to persuade enough Democrats to break rank with Wolf to pass a veto-proof spending plan - or even just a temporary budget - to provide ailing nonprofits and school districts with cash while legislators work on a permanent accord.
State Sen. Vincent Hughes (D., Phila.) said he did not believe Democrats would support those maneuvers. He suggested that Republicans - who have rejected Wolf's call for a tax hike - come back to the table.
"They've got to realize they're not totally in charge," Hughes said.
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