Roebuck: Wolf temporarily ends budget crisis, problems remain

HARRISBURG, March 29 – State Rep. James Roebuck, D-Phila., said Gov. Tom Wolf was right to end the Pennsylvania budget crisis temporarily by allowing an inadequate Republican budget to become law Monday without his signature.

"While the budget impasse is temporarily over, the problems that caused it remain. Schools in Philadelphia and across the state will receive funding for the fiscal year that ends June 30, but the budget is basically just a stopgap because it leaves in place most of the 2011-15 Corbett-Republican cuts to education and social services," said Roebuck, Democratic chairman of the House Education Committee.

"Pennsylvania still faces a deficit, and it will become increasingly clear in the coming months that the state has to reach a bipartisan compromise to pay its bills. Governor Wolf has already compromised and it's time for Republicans to meet him halfway. We still need a budget that puts people above politics."

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