Thanksgiving break ends, budget stalemate still in place

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Talks between Gov. Tom Wolf and top lawmakers are continuing as the Thanksgiving break ends, but there are scant details about how they intend to end a five-month-old budget stalemate.

Lawmakers were not in the building Monday as aides continued to meet to resolve details in a sprawling budget package.

The first-term Democratic governor and leaders of the Republican-controlled Legislature are saying little about their talks, including how they intend to narrow a long-term budget deficit and pay for a big boost in education spending sought by Wolf.

Other things that remain unclear is which school districts would benefit the most from the new education aid, as well as details about the changes they may make to the state pension systems and the wine and liquor store system.

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