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Pressure off, Pennsylvania's budget fight could be on ice

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 10, 2016 10:08 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- Urgency in the state Capitol to settle a bipartisan budget fight seems to have dissipated, now that billions of dollars are flowing to school districts, county governments and state vendors.

Pressing concerns about schools and social services agencies staying open in January has been replaced by a new round of partisan finger-pointing and a completely new timeline.

That timeline is anyone's guess and some suspect it could stretch until after the April 26th primary election.

On December 29th, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf authorized billions of dollars from a Republican-authored budget package he opposed, calling it emergency funding.

But he vetoed billions for schools, hospitals and prisons, a move that's expected to renew pressure on lawmakers to give Wolf a budget package he'll sign. It remains to be seen how quickly that pressure ramps up.

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