Gov. Tom Wolf gained backing from the state AFL-CIO this week in Harrisburg with his decision to veto certain line items in the state budget to prevent further economic stagnation for Pennsylvania over the holidays.
Instead of rejecting the entire package, which many viewed as unbalanced, Wolf acted to override specific issues in order to finally pass a budget addressing urgent needs in many sectors, including public schools, county agencies and nonprofit organizations.
"The House GOP budget was incomplete, unbalanced and severely short-changed our public schools, while adding to a ballooning structural deficit," Pennsylvania AFL-CIO President Rick Bloomingdale said. "It is unacceptable that the state House dismissed their members to return home rather than finishing their work on behalf of Pennsylvania's 12.8 million residents."
The AFL-CIO supports the legislature’s getting “back to work” to move the commonwealth forward, expressing frustration at the rigidity of some congressional leaders.
"In his press conference this morning, Gov. Wolf stated that he was 'expressing the outrage that all of us should feel about the garbage the Republican legislative leaders have tried to dump on us,' and we should all be outraged," Frank Snyder, secretary-treasurer of Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, said. "The stubborn refusal of Turzai and others in the state House to compromise, even with members of their own party, is holding the commonwealth hostage -- and it has to end."
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