Pa. lawmakers await budget progress with two weeks to go

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 16, 2014 11:31 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- State lawmakers are returning to the Capitol with two weeks left in the fiscal year amid closed-door work on a $29.4 billion budget plan whose deficit seems to grow by the day. 

Representative Daryl Metcalfe quips everybody in the building is wondering what's going on.  

Meanwhile, Governor Corbett is keeping a low profile and isn't saying how he wants the problem solved. He has, however, suggested he'll hold up a budget until the Republican-controlled Legislature passes acceptable legislation to overhaul the state's public employee pension systems.  

The big problem is this: Weak tax collections have left a shortfall of about $1.2 billion in Corbett's original budget proposal. Other problems include teetering assumptions in Corbett's budget that have widened the potential hole to nearly $2 billion.

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