HARRISBURG - Easter Sunday March 27, Governor Wolf allowed the budget supplement passed by both houses of the General Assembly to become law without his signature. Just two weeks before, the Governor threatened to veto the bill which funded schools, universities and Penn State Extension and Research.
But the governor feared that his veto would be met with a veto override as some Democratic legislators threatened to defect and vote with Republicans to override the veto. This is the longest that Pennsylvania has gone (almost nine months) without a fully enacted budget.
The funds were released almost immediately to schools and universities that had been waiting since last July 1 for their state appropriations.
While this was the last piece of the 2015-16 budget, waiting is the 2016-17 budget, which must be enacted by June 30, 2016. The outlook for an on-time budget for next fiscal year is no more optimistic than this year since many of the issues that caused last year’s impasse continue to be unresolved. The atmosphere among legislative leaders and the Governor is tense, if not outright hostile.