Friday looms as important test of support for budget deal

Pennsylvania funding

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Friday could be an important day in determining whether a sprawling proposal being worked out by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and Republican lawmakers will put an end to Pennsylvania’s five-month-old budget stalemate.

Lawmakers said Thursday that much more detail about a largely secret package will be unveiled in closed-door meetings with rank-and-file lawmakers.

House Minority Whip Mike Hanna says they’re expecting Wolf to speak privately with House Democrats, while Republican senators are expected to get a look at the details that’ve been settled.

Lawmakers are growing increasingly frustrated with silence from Wolf’s office and the handful of lawmakers who are negotiating with him.

In the meantime, state-subsidized pre-kindergarten programs are closing and cash-strapped domestic violence shelters are turning away people seeking help.

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