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Gov. Wolf plans spending freeze in absence of state budget

If Pennsylvania’s $2.2 billion budget gap isn’t filled soon, Gov. Tom Wolf has indicated, the commonwealth could be heading for a major freeze on spending on non-essential services. In a Pennsylvania Association of Area Agencies on Aging (P4A) statement, “the question of which funds he will freeze has been left open, but it is not expected to include federal human services funds or Lottery funds.” P4A representatives are scheduled to meet with Pennsylvania Secretary of Policy and Planning Sarah Galbally next week to present the case as to why lottery-funded aging-related services are essential. According to Wolf, the budget situation could be resolved if House Republicans would agree to a Senate revenue plan that includes several new taxes. If they fail to do so, Wolf says, he intends to put spending for certain state programs on hold by Sept. 15 or borrow more money from the Department of the Treasury. However, he says he doesn’t want to borrow without a balanced budget.

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