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Wolf says stopgap budget would prompt 8k furloughs, cuts

MARC LEVY and MARK SCOLFORO
Associated Press

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is telling state House members a stopgap budget under consideration would prompt 8,000 furloughs and deep cuts to government programs.

Tom Wolf

Gov. Tom Wolf is telling state House members a stopgap budget under consideration would prompt 8,000 furloughs and deep cuts to government programs.

He sent a letter Tuesday vowing to veto a temporary spending measure, calling it a retreat from a budget deal he negotiated with legislative leaders.

Republicans who control the House are considering a stopgap after voting down a pension bill this weekend that was a critical element of the budget deal.

The Democratic governor says in the letter the furloughs would include 4,000 people who work for the prison system or probation and parole officers, nearly 1,300 state police employees and nearly 1,000 human services workers.

Wolf says he has enough votes to pass a 6 percent spending increase the House has previously voted down.