House GOP left to fight budget deal backed by Wolf, Senate

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The Pennsylvania Capitol is relatively empty as House Republicans consider their next move in response to a budget agreement supported by Gov. Tom Wolf, House Democrats and the Senate to end the state government’s five-month-old stalemate.

House GOP officials said Friday they’ll seek to reduce the package’s spending level and tax increase, and eliminate a provision to artificially reduce next year’s pension obligation payments.

Among the hundreds of pages of legislation passed by the Senate over the past week is a $30.8 billion budget plan that authorizes $2 billion in additional spending and legislation overhauling benefits in the state’s two mammoth pension systems.

The Senate also passed legislation to license private-sector wine sales. A proposed $1.2 billion tax increase is still under wraps.

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