HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania's state Senate majority leader says he's telling rank-and-file Republican senators to prepare to work in the Capitol into July on a $29.4 billion budget plan whose deficit seems to grow by the day.
Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi said Monday that it's unlikely a new state budget will be approved before the fiscal year ends June 30. Lawmakers reconvened with two weeks left in the fiscal year amid closed-door work by Republicans on the budget.
Gov. Tom Corbett is keeping a low profile and isn't saying how he would close the nearly $2 billion potential budget gap.
His spokesman says the Republican governor won't sign a budget bill until lawmakers pass legislation to restructure the state's public employee pension systems and liberalize the sale of alcoholic beverages in Pennsylvania.