Gridlocked: House GOP's turn to solve budget stalemate

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 21, 2015 4:46 AM

(Harrisburg) -- After rejecting piece after piece of a bipartisan deal to end the state's five-month-old budget stalemate, House Republican majority leaders are planning procedural votes on a short-term emergency spending package.  

The House Rules Committee is scheduled to meet at 11:00 a.m. today, with a floor vote possible tomorrow.

House Republicans haven't given details about the amount or duration of the spending package.

Governor Tom Wolf's office isn't saying whether he'd sign it. 

Wolf, a Democrat, says he has enough support to pass a $1 billion-plus tax increase he wants to boost aid to public schools and human services.

But House Republicans went back on their commitment to put it up for a vote. 

On Saturday, House conservatives helped defeat pension legislation that Senate Republican leaders had tied to their support for the tax increase.  

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