House to hold session amid swirling budget disagreements

Written by Marc Levy/Associated Press | Jul 20, 2017 3:13 PM

(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Harrisburg) -- The Pennsylvania House of Representatives is scheduled to return to session this weekend, amid a three-week stalemate with the Senate and Democratic Governor Tom Wolf over how to resolve state government's deficit.

House Republican aides said Thursday that votes could be held on a revenue package that leans heavily on borrowing and tapping off-budget programs.

Wolf views a tax increase as necessary to avoid a downgrade to Pennsylvania's battered credit rating. House Speaker Mike Turzai opposes a tax increase, amid other disagreements.

Wolf last week let a nearly $32 billion budget bill become law without his signature, even though budget negotiators say it is about $1.5 billion out of balance. Held up in the Legislature is $600 million in aid to Penn State, Pitt, Temple, Lincoln and Penn.

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