Budget season may bring passage of other Pa. laws

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — State lawmakers will soon return to the Pennsylvania Capitol with the state budget as the top order of business, accompanied by three marquee issues: liquor system privatization, public pension changes and transportation infrastructure funding.

It’s an ambitious agenda, but they’ll still have time to work on other matters. Budget-season horse-trading is a time-tested way to get things done.

Other issues that could move in the coming weeks include changes to child protection laws, charter school rules and a ban on coverage of abortions under the health care exchanges in the federal Affordable Care Act.

Republicans control both the state House and Senate, but Democrats say if they were in charge, they’d want to expand Medicaid, impose a tax on natural gas extraction and help the state’s medium-sized cities.

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