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Pa. Senate Republicans eye veto override in budget fight

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 24, 2015 4:46 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania's Senate Republicans say they may pursue a vote to override Gov. Tom Wolf's veto of a short-term spending bill after budget negotiations hit yet another wall.

Republican senators said the chamber was being called back into session Tuesday night for a possible vote. A successful override will require the cooperation of at least two Democrats, assuming all 31 Republican senators support the override.

The move came after Wolf said GOP majority leaders backed out of a sales tax increase they had proposed to seal the deal on a five-months-late budget. Republicans contend the sides couldn't agree on which school districts should benefit the most from $1.4 billion in school property tax rebates.

To get by without state aid, school districts, counties and social services organizations have laid off employees, delayed services, put off paying bills or taken out loans.

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