PA House GOP cancels Sunday budget meeting

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Efforts to end Pennsylvania’s state budget standoff are on shaky ground after House Republicans balked at negotiations and then canceled a Sunday session where their alternate approach might have been considered.

The Capitol was quiet after the House session was called off, although senators were still expected to convene in the evening to take up a budget package supported by their Republican leaders and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf.

A House Republican spokesman says they decided they need more time to prepare their own budget.

Spokesman Steve Miskin says the Appropriations Committee is working up a proposal that needs less in new taxes.

He says it won’t include privatized liquor sales or significant changes to the state’s public sector pension systems.

Pennsylvania’s been without a state budget since July 1.

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