State budget possible by Thanksgiving?

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 8, 2015 9:32 AM

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(Harrisburg) -- With Pennsylvania's budget stalemate in its fifth month, Democratic Governor Tom Wolf's office and leaders of the Legislature's Republican majorities say the momentum of closed-door talks has picked up and there's cause for optimism.

Wolf spokesman Jeff Sheridan said Saturday that there are serious negotiations and a light at the end of the tunnel.

On Friday, House Majority Leader Dave Reed wrote in a note to rank-and-file Republicans that there's progress toward a framework that could lead to a final budget agreement, possibly by Thanksgiving.

However, numerous differences remain between Wolf and Republicans.  For one, negotiators report differences over how much aid public schools should get.  Sheridan says Wolf won't sign a budget agreement without a historic increase.

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