Senate to press case in budget showdown with House GOP

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The Pennsylvania Senate is planning to send budget legislation to the House, in hopes of persuading the GOP majority there of backing a plan that Gov. Tom Wolf supports to end a 5-month budget stalemate.

Thursday’s Senate session plan is the latest step toward trying to bring the House GOP back into an agreement their leadership helped negotiate.

But the House Republican majority revolted and passed a significantly smaller spending plan.

The budget plan still supported by Wolf and senators calls for a 6 percent spending bump and a two-year, nearly $2 billion tax increase to deliver a record boost to school aid and to narrow a long-term budget deficit.

House Republicans passed a 4 percent spending increase, supported by a two-year, nearly $1 billion revenue package that includes a casino gambling expansion.

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