High-profile votes, fights preview Wolf's challenges in June

Written by The Associated Press | May 25, 2015 4:38 AM

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(Harrisburg) -- June is crunch time in the state Capitol and the challenges in front of Governor Tom Wolf are becoming clearer in the Democrat's first go-round with budget negotiations.

In the last few days, his administration ruffled Republican feathers with a bare-fisted attack on the Senate Republicans' bill to scale back public pension benefits.

And Wolf penned an open letter to business organizations that laid bare his frustration with their opposition to a natural gas production tax that Wolf is depending on to help increase public schools funding.

In addition, philosophical divisions between the House and Senate Republican majorities could prove complicated.

Those divisions became even clearer in recent days with several major votes that showed them to be lukewarm, at best, to the other's priorities.

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