Lawmakers return to Capitol to push clashing budget plans

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 6, 2015 11:23 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- A revolt by House Republicans is setting up competing plans to break the state government's five-month-old budget stalemate and sowing doubt about a resolution.

Lawmakers are to return to the Capitol today for committee votes in the House and Senate to advance two different plans.

House Republicans say their majority caucus won't support a budget plan their leadership had helped negotiate. Instead, they'll try to advance a plan with smaller spending and tax increases.

Democratic Governor Tom Wolf and Senate leaders say they remain committed to an earlier deal that involved a 6 percent increase in overall spending and public school aid.

It would require a $600 million-plus tax increase insisted on by Wolf to deliver the record boost in public school aid and narrow a long-term budget deficit.

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