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Gridlocked: Lawmakers to work weekend in budget impasse

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 3, 2015 4:00 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- Both the state House and Senate are planning to hold voting session days through the weekend as lawmakers and Govenor Tom Wolf's administration battle behind closed doors over a five-months-late package of budget legislation. 

Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman has told rank-and-file senators voting sessions are scheduled every day Friday through Wednesday. 

The prolonged budget impasse has forced school districts, counties and social and human services organizations to shutter services, lay off employees, put off bills or go into debt to survive.

Early childhood centers certified under Pennsylvania's state-subsidized pre-kindergarten program are closing, leaving out more than 500 children. 

Lawmakers are fighting over differences in legislation to expand the state sales tax, overhaul the state's pension systems, liberalize the sale of alcoholic beverages and distribute state aid to school districts.  

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  • honestly img 2015-12-08 23:38

    In no other industry would this lack of meeting deadlines and failure to do the job for which one is hired (negotiate, compromise, and lead by example) be tolerated. Add to that the length of time this budget impass has been allowed to continue is unacceptable. They know it's coming because this is a yearly task, one which all institutions must grapple. Accountability is sorely lacking. The first place that funds should be cut as a result of not doing their jobs is from their own salaries, services and perks.

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