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Wolf's big decision: To sign or veto bill in 6-month impasse

Marc Levy
Associated Press

HARRISBURG — After butting heads with Pennsylvania's Republican-controlled Legislature, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf faces perhaps the biggest decision of his short tenure: sign a budget that falls short of everything's he sought. Or he could veto it, risking more damage to the schools and social services he wants to help and indefinitely extend the state government's six-month budget impasse.

Tom Wolf

Wolf's office said it didn't expect a decision before Monday.

Peg Dierkers of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence says the governor is left with the ultimate leadership decision. The Philadelphia-based Education Law Center asked Wolf to veto the budget bill. Counties and social services organizations are torn.

David Patti of the Pennsylvania Business Council says Wolf can sign the bill and use unfinished business to shoehorn more concessions from Republicans.