State Budget
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Gov. Tom Wolf announced Friday that because of the budget stalemate the Commonwealth has been forced to delay significant payments. According to a spokesman with Wolf's office, the Pennsylvania Treasury had to delay $1.169 billion in payments for care providers and medical assistance services. On Monday, the commonwealth will also have to delay a $581 million payment for the state share of pension obligations to the Pennsylvania School Employees Retirement System The state will not be able to make these payments for at least a week which means those organizations will have to borrow money. The Pennsylvania Treasurer and Auditor General offices said they will not seek short term lending and delayed payments will continue until a funding plan is passed. Wednesday, the House passed a spending than plan that varied from the Senate's plan, which passed in June. According to several local state senators, the Senate will pick up the budget discussion Monday.