GOP leader says House considering broader use of sales tax

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The Republican leader in the Pennsylvania House says budget negotiators are considering whether to apply the state’s sales tax to more goods or services as part of an effort to end a 5-month-old stalemate.

Majority Leader Dave Reed told reporters after an hours-long Republican caucus Tuesday that budget talks remain fluid. He says unresolved issues include how aid will be distributed to school districts.

He says the House will be in session until a budget package passes, including over the coming weekend.

Reed says he doesn’t want to apply the sales tax to food and clothing, items he calls “the basic necessities of life.”

Pennsylvania’s sales tax is 6 percent in most of the state, but slightly higher in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

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