Gridlocked: A new fight in five-month budget impasse

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 14, 2015 2:34 AM



(Harrisburg) -- State lawmakers are preparing for a new, contentious round over how to end the state government's five-month-old budget stalemate, as some wonder whether it'll stretch into 2016.

Last night's brief session in the House produced several changes to the hundreds of pages of legislation passed in a flurry last week by the Senate, with much work yet to be done.

The chamber is returning today.

House Republican majority leaders say they want the price tag of the Senate's $30.8 billion budget package to come down.

Senators say it is to be accompanied by $1.2 billion tax increase that's still under wraps. 

Governor Tom Wolf and House Democrats support the plan to deliver major new aid to schools.

But they and House Republicans are also objecting to numerous other provisions in the Senate's package.  

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