Pennsylvania lawmakers lack answers, money for spending bill

Written by Associated Press | Jul 11, 2016 1:38 PM


Photo by AP Photo/Matt Rourke

HARRISBURG -- Lawmakers are back in the Pennsylvania Capitol with no answers about how to fully pay for a $31 billion election-year spending bill that's about to become law.

The Senate's top Republican, Joe Scarnati, said Monday that he fears it'll create a slippery slope for the rest of the year.

The lack of funding also raises questions about the bill's constitutionality.

Meanwhile, $600 million in aid to universities remains in limbo in the House.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf says he won't stop the bill from becoming law at midnight Monday, even if the Republican-controlled Legislature doesn't produce an acceptable revenue package to help shore up the deficit-riddled bill.

Republican majority leaders have pledged to assemble a $1.3 billion revenue package.

But Scarnati says there's no agreement on it.

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