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HARRISBURG, Pa. (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA/AP) – Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf says Pennsylvania state government has less than two weeks to end a budget stalemate before the state’s battered credit rating gets another downgrade and he must delay more payments for lack of cash.

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Wolf said Tuesday morning that he believes that leaders of the House and Senate Republican majorities are on board with getting a deal done and signed by Oct. 1.

Wolf spoke during a regularly scheduled appearance on KDKA-AM in Pittsburgh.

The governor tells the “KDKA Morning News” that he is “optimistic” that a solution will reached soon.

“I worked over the weekend. Called the majority leader of the Senate, called the majority leader of the House and we had a good discussion and I think they had a good discussion themselves,” said Wolf.

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Wolf says after the talks over the weekend he believes the will is there for all sides to get together and reach a deal.

“We will work hard to get a package by Oct. 1, and we can manage the state up through that point fairly comfortably,” said Wolf.

With cash running low, Wolf has delayed $1.7 billion in payments while state lawmakers quarrel for a third month over patching a projected $2 billion-plus deficit in a $32 billion budget bill they passed June 30.

Wolf says credit rating agency Standard and Poor’s is giving Wolf and lawmakers more time to get a budget deal.

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