Wolf signs $34B ‘divided government’ budget

Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Gov. Tom Wolf has signed a $34 billion compromise state budget after Pennsylvania lawmakers wrapped up the week with a flurry of votes.

Wolf made the announcement Friday, shortly after the Republican-controlled Legislature took its final votes and adjourned for the summer. The 2019-20 fiscal year starts Monday.

Healthy state revenues eased pressure on the governor and lawmakers.

The budget carries more money for public schools and universities, holds the line on taxes and stuffs cash into reserve. Wolf calls it a product of ‘divided government’ amid criticism from his fellow Democrats.

Republicans prevailed over Democrats’ protests to end a decades-old cash assistance program for the destitute deemed temporarily unable to work.

About 10,000 people were in the program. Wolf says he’s working on ways to help them.

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