Gov. Wolf Attacks GOP Budget Stance as Pa. Budget Battle Continues

Pennsylvania's Democratic governor doesn't sound like he's getting close to a state budget deal with Republicans who control the state Legislature.

The Philadelphia Inquirer said Gov. Tom Wolf used terms like sham, insult and disgrace to describe the GOP budget proposal at a news conference in Norristown on Tuesday.

The paper says the most recent negotiation session was Aug. 10, although talks could resume later this week.

The state is more than a month into the fiscal year without a budget in place.

Wolf wants higher taxes to fund schools and human services and doesn't want a spending plan built on what he calls gimmicks.

He's vetoed a Republican budget plan, along with the GOP's proposals to privatize liquor sales and cut pensions for teachers and state employees.

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