Gov. Wolf line-item vetoes budget bill

gov-wolf-line-item-vetoes-budget-billAFSCME Council 13 applauds Governor Tom Wolf’s line-item veto of House Bill 1460, an unbalanced budget bill sent to him by the GOP-controlled legislature.

The line-item veto allows Wolf to keep emergency funding for key services such as schools, education and counties, while rejecting an education-cutting, out-of-balance state budget that would have left Pennsylvania further in debt.

“It is unbelievable that some of the same folks in the legislature who have claimed to be fiscally responsible actually voted in favor of this budget bill,” Council 13 Executive Director David Fillman said.

“This bill threatened to cut $95 million from schools and create $500 million in debt this year alone. It is irresponsible and unacceptable as a state budget. Legislators need to come back with a better deal for schools and working people, and a deal that can be paid for.”

On behalf of more than 67,000 state, county, municipal and non-profit employees, AFSCME Council 13 urges legislators to get back to work on passing a responsible budget that properly funds education and benefits working Pennsylvanians.