(Harrisburg) -- Democrats are frozen out of budget negotiations as Governor Corbett and leaders of the Legislature's Republican majorities negotiate a spending plan by themselves.
Today is the fourth-to-last day of the state government's 2013-14 fiscal year.
Democrats are applying pressure for a tax increase on the booming natural gas industry and sales of tobacco products to help fill a massive revenue shortfall and boost funding for public schools.
But Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi of Delaware County says there isn't enough time to win enough support for a tax increase in the House before the new fiscal year begins Tuesday.
The alternative is finding one-time sources of revenue to fill the gap.
Corbett says he won't consider a tax increase without passage of legislation to overhaul of public pension benefits.
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