Harrisburg –State Senator Tom McGarrigle (R-26) joined the Senate effort today to override Governor Wolf’s veto of an emergency budget passed last month by the General Assembly.
Overriding the governor’s veto would have provided badly needed funding for schools and social services agencies while negotiations continue on a final budget agreement. The override required a two-thirds majority, or 33 votes. While all 30 Republican Senators voted for the measure, the emergency funding veto override vote received no Democrat votes and came up short.
“Schools, food banks, rape crisis centers and other social service agencies are being hurt by the budget impasse, and it’s entirely unnecessary,” McGarrigle said. “The state didn’t stop collecting this tax revenue. The money is there. There is no reason funds can’t be released while we work toward completion of a final budget.”
Hours before the vote, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale told members of the Senate Democrat Policy Committee that the lack of state funding is having a devastating financial impact on schools throughout Pennsylvania. School districts have already borrowed nearly a half-billion dollars – plus interest payments of $15 million – because of the budget impasse, and that number may double by Thanksgiving.
“On several occasions, the General Assembly has acted to provide this vital funding while budget talks continue, and each time Governor Wolf has prevented it. While there are clear disagreements on what a final budget should like, we should all agree that schools and social services should not be made to needlessly suffer because of it.”