#Gridlocked: Senate to press case in showdown with House GOP

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 10, 2015 4:44 AM

(Harrisburg) -- The state Senate is planning to send budget legislation to the House, in hopes of persuading the GOP majority to back a plan that GovenorTom Wolf supports to end a five-month budget stalemate. 

Today's Senate session plan is the latest step toward trying to bring the House GOP back into an agreement their leadership helped negotiate. 

But the Republican majority revolted and passed a significantly smaller spending plan. 

The budgetproposal still supported by Wolf and senators calls for a six percent spending bump and a two-year, nearly $2 billion tax increase to deliver a record boost to school aid and to narrow a long-term budget deficit. 

House Republicans passed a four percent spending increase, supported by a two-year, nearly $1 billion revenue package that includes a casino gambling expansion.  

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