Wolf says he’s sticking to budget deal, amid new GOP demand

Associated Press

HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf says he’s still committed to the outlines of a budget deal he had struck with top lawmakers to end a five-month-old budget stalemate, a day after the House Republican majority revolted and passed a significantly smaller spending plan.

Gov. Tom Wolf.

Wolf also said Wednesday that he would not go to the annual Pennsylvania Society gathering in New York this weekend if there’s no budget.

The Pennsylvania Society festivities typically draw thousands from the state’s political and business establishments.

Asked if he’ll make more concessions to appease the House GOP, Wolf would only say he’s committed to the deal’s framework. That calls for a 6 percent spending bump and a $1.2 billion tax increase to deliver a record boost to school aid and to narrow a long-term budget deficit.