On Tuesday evening, Gov. Tom Wolf said he would veto the entire budget bill, which the Republican-controlled General Assembly.
Here’s what people are saying about the decision (comments below came from statements):
House Democrats praised the move.
“Republicans wasted a lot of time in the last few days working on a dead-end budget that wasn’t balanced and would have ultimately created a $3 billion deficit,” said House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody. “Now that the governor vetoed the budget, it’s time for all of us to get back to work on a real budget plan that constructively helps the people of Pennsylvania.”
“The governor has been more than willing to meet and work with Republicans and Democrats since he took office in January,” said House Democratic Whip Mike Hanna. “His door has been open and he made it clear that he’s ready to continue discussions. Democrats will be there with him.”
The state GOP criticized it.
“Republicans in the state Senate and state House have taken clear actions that will improve the lives of families across Pennsylvania by passing a ‘Taxpayers Budget,’’ Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Rob Gleason said. “Tonight, Governor Tom Wolf chose to veto that ‘Taxpayers Budget’ and side with liberal special interest benefactors over Pennsylvania taxpayers.”
And here is what some people said on Twitter:
— Mike Schlossberg (@MikeSchlossberg) July 1, 2015
— PHIL ANDERSON (@TRACKSTARTER) July 1, 2015
— Stephen A. Miskin (@Sam1963) July 1, 2015
— Ben Waxman (@bwaxman) July 1, 2015
— PA Budget and Policy (@PBPC) July 1, 2015
— NathanBenefield (@NathanBenefield) July 1, 2015
@GovernorTomWolf vetoed BILLIONS in education funding in the state budget and the school code. No PlanCON reimbursements.
— Rep. Seth Grove (@RepGrove) July 1, 2015