Pennsylvania lawmakers lack answers, money for spending bill

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Lawmakers in the Pennsylvania Capitol say they have no answers yet about how to fully pay for a $31 billion election-year spending bill that’s about to become law.

The Senate and House were scheduled to resume session Tuesday afternoon. At midnight, the spending bill becomes law, after Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf said he wouldn’t stand in the way.

Leaders of the Republican-controlled Legislature say they’re still working on producing an acceptable revenue package to shore up the deficit-riddled bill.

But credit ratings agency Standard & Poor’s is already warning that a downgrade is increasingly likely, and 20 House Republicans are warning Wolf that it’s illegal to allow a spending bill that lacks the money to fund it.

Meanwhile, $600 million in aid to universities remains in limbo in the House.

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