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PA budget is big relief to schools and local agencies

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Governor Tom Wolf will allow the GOP-approved budget measure to become law without his signature on Monday, backing off his veto threat. 

The $6.6 billion supplemental spending package contains no new taxes. That's a big relief to a lot of schools and agencies who rely on state money to stay open.

Mercer County Commissioner, Tim McGonigle, says, "When you have no monies being paid in by the state you either close schools or get loans that is what you are faced with so it's good these monies are being released because our education depends on it."

Nearly nine months without a budget was taking a toll on agencies like the Mercer County Food Warehouse which depends on the state to buy 75% of it's food.

Lori Weston, with the Warehouse, says, "What we have to do then is delve into our reserves or cut back on the food we have to purchase. So it's a huge impact on us. The other impact on us is if people are laid off because of this our client number rises so we have to meet that demand as well."

The budget impasse had all but closed area Agency on Aging facilities like community centers for seniors. They did get some funding in January but the people who run these facilities hope this doesn't happen again in June. They are hoping for more compromise this year.

Sam Bellich, from the Mercer County Area Agency on Aging, says, "That's my hope for the coming year that we can compromise and can agree upon a functional budget that can allow the monies to flow so people don't get hurt like our seniors did back in November and December."

Just as this new budget finally gets resolved the governor and lawmakers are expected to meet next week to begin work on the next year's fiscal budget which is supposed to take effect on July 1st.

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