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Wolf to appeal to rank-and-file GOP lawmakers on budget plan

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS


HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf says he'll reach out to rank-and-file Republican lawmakers in an effort to build majority support for his stalled state budget plan.

The Democrat told KQV-AM radio in Pittsburgh on Wednesday that he'll continue to work with GOP leaders but that he believes he also can win over "good Republican legislators" who are tired of the three-month-old budget stalemate,

On Tuesday, Wolf made good on a threat to veto a GOP-crafted $11 billion stopgap spending package. Republicans argued that it would have eased hardships on schools and social services and said Wolf does not realize Pennsylvanians cannot afford his proposed multibillion-dollar tax increase.

Wolf says the state needs a comprehensive approach that boosts aid to public schools and closes a long-term budget deficit for good.