Face-to-face state budget meetings set to resume today

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 21, 2015 4:38 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- The state House is returning to Harrisburg as Governor Tom Wolf and top Republican lawmakers are set to resume face-to-face meetings to discuss a three-week-old budget stalemate.

No major votes are expected today.

The Democratic governor and Republicans who control the Legislature are sparring over competing budget proposals.

Wolf is seeking a multibillion-dollar tax increase to deliver a record funding boost to schools and wipe out a long-term deficit that's damaged Pennsylvania's creditworthiness. 

Republicans passed a zero-tax increase budget with a smaller boost for education, but Wolf vetoed it, saying it didn't meet his goals and used gimmickry to balance. 

The stalemate has left the state government without full spending authority.

That includes payments to schools and nonprofits and county agencies that help administer Pennsylvania's social-services safety net.

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