With possible vote looming, Pa. tax hike details still fuzzy

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania legislative leaders aren’t revealing much about an anticipated tax vote in the House of Representatives that could end the state’s 6-month-old budget impasse.

Several leaders said the mix of taxes remained a work in progress Saturday, and it wasn’t definitive that a vote would happen later in the day.

A bill to make significant changes to the large public-sector pension plans for state workers and teachers is on its way to the House floor after all Democrats on the Appropriations Committee voted “no.”

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s office says it has enough support from House Democrats and a divided Republican majority to pass a $1 billion-plus tax increase he’s backing.

Wolf wants a record increase in public school aid and money to close a long-term budget deficit.

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