Steps forward, backward in weekend PA budget talks

Pennsylvania funding

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The state Senate is forging ahead with budget legislation, advancing a $30.8 billion spending plan along with changes to Pennsylvania’s two mammoth public-sector pension plans.

The Appropriations Committee approved the two bills late Sunday, providing some new details about what’s been hammered out with Gov. Tom Wolf but no information about what new taxes will be needed.

The votes came a day after the Republican majority in the House pulled back from negotiations, raising doubts about whether anything will be enacted in the near future.

The budget bill got one “no” in committee, from York County Sen. Scott Wagner. He says he’s concerned about some of the spending.

The pension proposal would enroll new state workers and new school employees in a combination of a traditional pension and a 401(k)-type benefit.

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