This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.
A tentative outline for a Pennsylvania budget looks like it could crumble this week, dealing a bitter reality check to Gov. Wolf and the top lawmakers who said they could deliver a spending plan by Thanksgiving.
"Unfortunately, that work looks like it’s in peril, deep peril," said Wolf on Monday. He made his remarks at the Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon, a monthly event attended by reporters, lobbyists, and other Capitol observers.
Two weeks ago, Wolf stood beside top Republican and Democratic lawmakers to announce the outline of a budget deal – something to end the standstill that has cut off state funding for schools and many social services since July.
Both sides tell different stories about why the framework is faltering.