Hard at work in Harrisburg: Hoping to end the PA budget battle

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania state government’s 6-month-old budget stalemate is crumbling, but disagreements remain as lawmakers rush to approve bipartisan budget legislation before Christmas.

Wednesday will be busy in the state Capitol.

It’s a day after Democrats and moderate Republicans defied House GOP majority leaders and narrowly sent a $30.8 billion spending bill supported by Gov. Tom Wolf over a key procedural hurdle. Republicans say it was only successful because Democrats voted for absent members, but GOP leaders didn’t challenge it.

Elements of the budget deal remain unresolved.

Pension legislation favored by Senate Republicans stalled in the House, and it’s unclear whether they’ll hold up the budget for it. Meanwhile, the deal calls for a $1 billion-plus tax increase, and Senate Republicans have clashed with House members over whether to raise taxes on income or sales.

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