State agen­cies merger on back burner

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fund the $32 bil­lion bud­get they ap­proved. The merger is­sue has taken a back­seat to broader dis­agree­ments over taxes and rev­enue sources.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives for the gover­nor and leg­isla­tive lead­ers say an agency uni­fi­ca­tion still could hap­pen at some point, if not in the near-term.

“To date, the Gen­eral As­sem­bly has not moved on pas­sage of the merg­ers. While we are hope­ful that changes, the gover­nor will con­tinue to man­age the bud­get to en­sure ser­vices are de­liv­ered ef­fec­tively, and has a team in place to re­al­ize the sav­ings as­sumed in the Gen­eral Ap­pro­pri­a­tions bill passed in June,” said a state­ment Thurs­day from J.J. Ab­bott, Mr. Wolf’s spokesman.

“It’s cer­tainly still some­thing we be­lieve could be con­sid­ered, but as we have said all along, it’s not some­thing we think can be rushed,” said Jen­nifer Kocher, a spokes­woman for Sen­ate Repub­li­cans.

“If we can get this done next year, we’re go­ing to try,” said Steve Miskin, a spokesman­for House Repub­li­cans.

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