Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf Vetoes Budget Bill

Gov. Tom Wolf's office says he's officially vetoed a Republican-penned budget bill, after calling it full of gimmicks that leave it unbalanced.

Wolf vetoed the bill Tuesday night, just hours after the Senate approved a $30.2 billion budget plan and sent it to his desk.

Every Democratic lawmaker voted against the legislation, which the majority Republicans passed after negotiations with Wolf stalled.

Republicans say it's a responsible plan. It boosts spending by about $1.1 billion, including more money for education, and doesn't raise taxes.

However, Wolf pans the GOP's plan as shortchanging schools still suffering from cutbacks. He says it uses stopgaps that'll worsen the state government's deficit and lets the Marcellus Shale natural gas industry off the hook.

The veto is Wolf's first in his more than five months in office and the first veto of a full budget bill in Pennsylvania in more than four decades.

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