Big budget decisions on tap as lawmakers return to Capitol

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives will return for an unusual weekend session as Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and lawmakers face big budget decisions.

The Sunday evening session could include preliminary votes on a revenue package of more than $1 billion that budget negotiators say is necessary to balance a $31.5 billion spending plan.

However, there’s still dispute about the GOP-controlled House’s revenue plan, and Wolf could veto the main appropriations bill before it becomes law without his signature midnight Monday.

The House’s revenue plan revolves around a $1 per-pack cigarette tax increase and an expansion of casino-style gambling that would make Pennsylvania the fourth state to legalize internet gambling.

The plan is also packed with one-time sources of money that won’t help close the state government’s long-term deficit.

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