Senate moves Pennsylvania budget fight into House’s court

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The Pennsylvania Senate is leaving the state House with hundreds of pages of just-unveiled budget legislation, with no agreement on how to end a five-month stalemate that’s crippling social services agencies.

The Senate adjourned Thursday night after passing major school policy legislation within moments of making it public.

The House has adjourned until Saturday. That’s when Majority Leader Dave Reed says the Republican majority there should have a better idea of what elements of the budget legislation it agrees with and what elements it doesn’t.

Gov. Tom Wolf says he remains committed to a deal he struck last month with House and Senate leaders. It includes a 6 percent increase in spending and a $1.2 billion tax increase that’s still in negotiations.

House Republicans are insisting on a smaller spending and tax package.

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