Wolf, lawmakers resume talks with GOP offer on school aid

Associated Press

HARRISBURG — Top Republican lawmakers say they'll meet a key demand of Gov. Tom Wolf's to boost public school aid, even if it requires a tax increase, but they're insisting on an end to the traditional pension benefit for future state government and public school employees.

Leaders of the Pennsylvania Legislatures' Republican majorities made the offer Wednesday during a brief meeting with the Democratic governor in the Capitol.

The meeting comes amid a seven-week-old budget stalemate that is starting to shut down crucial safety-net services around Pennsylvania.

Wolf says they'll try to meet again as quickly as possible, but he needs time to study the Republicans' conditions on their offer. Until now, Wolf has balked at the Republicans' priority of shifting Pennsylvania's two big public pension systems to a 401(k)-style plan.