HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania is now five months into a budget impasse with taxes a main sticking point. That’s a scenario familiar to anyone who’s tried to understand the Byzantine motives that drive elected officials in its capital city.
A “framework” agreement being worked out between Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and the Republican-controlled Legislature is teetering on the edge of collapse.
One key element is increasing sales taxes to plug a budget deficit and cut school property taxes. Republicans say that lacks support among their ranks.
The latest apparent collapse of those talks this week was followed – less than an hour later – by an announcement by Republican leaders that their framework with Wolf remained in place.
They say they’re working through the holiday weekend to iron out the details required for a real agreement.