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House GOP’s turn to solve Pa. budget stalemate

MARC LEVY
Associated Press

HARRISBURG — After rejecting piece after piece of a bipartisan deal to end Pennsylvania’s five-month-old budget stalemate, House Republican majority leaders are planning procedural votes on a short-term emergency spending package.

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The House Rules Committee was scheduled to meet Monday at 11 a.m., with a floor vote possible Tuesday

House Republicans haven’t given details about the amount or duration of the spending package. Gov. Tom Wolf’s office isn’t saying whether he’d sign it.

Wolf, a Democrat, says he has enough support to pass a $1 billion-plus tax increase he wants to boost aid to public schools and human services. But House Republicans went back on their commitment to put it up for a vote.

On Saturday, House conservatives helped defeat pension legislation that Senate Republican leaders had tied to their support for the tax increase.