Gov. Wolf relents after 9-month budget impasse

HARRISBURG (AP) — Pennsylvania’s Democratic governor says he won’t block Republicans’ $6.6 billion no-new-taxes spending package after nearly nine months of budget gridlock.

Gov. Tom Wolf’s announcement Wednesday that he’s backing off his veto threat leaves Illinois as the only state without a budget in place for the current fiscal year.

Wolf said he’ll let the measures become law and complete a $30 billion budget. Wolf had faced significant pressure from Democratic lawmakers worried about schools closing in the coming weeks.

The budget delivers a $200 million boost to public school aid, half of what Wolf originally sought. But he insists crucial state services face cutbacks next year without a tax increase to wipe out a long-term deficit.

The sides now have to negotiate a new, election-year budget for the fiscal year starting July 1.