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Gov. Tom Wolf understands the challenges that service providers, school districts and others are facing during the budget impasse. The governor is doing everything he can to mitigate the effects of the impasse, and he is working hard to reach a final budget agreement.

However, the Republican stopgap budget would shortchange Pennsylvania yet again. The stopgap budget is yet another gimmick that demonstrates the Republicans' clear comfort with politics as usual in Harrisburg. Republicans are embracing a failed status quo that is holding Pennsylvania back.

The people of Pennsylvania deserve a fiscally balanced budget. They deserve an end to the gimmicks, cuts and underfunding that have prevented service providers from delivering critical services to our most vulnerable. They deserve investment in education and for oil and gas companies to pay their fair share, and they deserve relief from rising property taxes caused by Republican cuts to education.

The stopgap budget is an embrace of the status quo that has failed Pennsylvania's middle class for far too long. It doesn't fix our deficit, fund our schools, make oil and gas companies pay their fair share, or provide property tax relief.

It's time for the Republicans to work with Gov. Wolf to craft a real budget that moves Pennsylvania forward.

JEFFREY SHERIDAN

Press secretary for Gov. Tom Wolf

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