GOP preps new bill in Pennsylvania's partisan budget fight

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 15, 2016 3:22 AM

(Harrisburg) -- Republican state lawmakers say they'll advance budget legislation this week that they hope will end Pennsylvania's eight-month-old partisan gridlock.

Lawmakers plan to unveil details tomorrow and expect to put a bill on Democratic Governor Tom Wolf's desk tomorrow.

Billions of dollars remain in limbo, as schools borrow to stay open and Penn State threatens to shut down agricultural extension offices.

A bipartisan deal collapsed in December, after House GOP leaders pulled support.

That deal involved a $1 billion-plus tax increase that Wolf had sought to narrow a deficit and begin wiping out funding cuts to public schools in 2011.

Republicans say their bill doesn't require a tax increase to balance, and will deliver half the public school increase, $200 million, that Wolf had sought.

The governor's office calls it "irresponsible and unbalanced.''

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