Budget Deadlock Politics Are First Debate In Governor’s Race

HARRISBURG (AP) – The slow-motion arc of Pennsylvania’s budget negotiations is a sort of first debate stage for Gov. Tom Wolf and the would-be contenders hoping to contest Wolf’s re-election bid next year. Wolf has kept a low public profile. He’s refused to discuss the ins and outs of negotiations or cast blame, saying only that his administration continues to negotiate and that he’s optimistic about getting a deal. The potential Republican nominees have each tried to paint Wolf as out of touch or unable to lead. They include state Sen. Scott Wagner of York County and Paul Mango, a former health care consultant from suburban Pittsburgh. PA House Speaker Mike Turzai of Allegheny County has all-but declared his candidacy.

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