Pa. budget talks enter weekend as decision looms

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 8, 2016 2:55 PM

In this Oct. 7, 2015 photo, people walk past the Pennsylvania Capitol building in Harrisburg, Pa. Truly diverse legislatures are rarity across the United States; while minorities have made some political gains, they remain severely underrepresented in Congress and nearly every state legislature, according to an analysis of demographic data by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Harrisburg) -- The state House is scheduled to return to session this weekend as budget negotiators are still at odds over how to fill a hole in a spending plan on Democratic Governor Tom Wolf's desk. 

The Republican-controlled House's session was scheduled for Sunday afternoon. 

Meanwhile, Wolf has until midnight Monday to make a decision on how to handle a roughly $30 billion spending bill before it becomes law without his signature. 

Wolf has said he wouldn't sign it without sustainable revenue to fund it.

Bills authorizing another nearly $600 million for Penn State, Temple, Pitt, Lincoln and Penn are still pending in the House. 

Budget negotiators are looking at options include expanding casino-style gambling and increasing taxes on cigarettes to help fill a hole of more than $1 billion.

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