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Gridlocked: Budget deal in tatters

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 20, 2015 8:44 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- Governor Tom Wolf is trying to breathe new life into a state budget deal after a House pension vote left negotiations in tatters.

Wolf says officials can't "slide back" on a proposal to increase education spending and impose new taxes to balance the books.

The first-term Democrat says he's against a stopgap measure that could help cash-squeezed schools and government agencies in the near term.

His remarks follow an overwhelming defeat in the House for proposed changes to Pennsylvania's two large public-sector pension plans.

The pension vote was a critical piece of a budget agreement.

Its defeat leaves Wolf and legislative leaders pondering the next move.

Pennsylvania's been without a state budget since the start of July -- a total of 173 days.

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