House back to work on budget, morning after ed bill meltdown

Marc Levy and Mark Scolforo
Associated Press
FILE- In this Jan. 15, 2019, file photo an America flag flies at the Pennsylvania Capitol building in Harrisburg, Pa. In Pennsylvania, good fiscal times may not necessarily mean good fiscal condition. The rage in the state Capitol right now is the surplus that state government rolled up in the almost-ended fiscal year, helped by unexpectedly strong corporate and sales tax collections. That news alone is fueling requests from a legion of lobbyists with pet projects, but the momentary surplus has not necessarily changed views from the outside that Pennsylvania is a state with tall fiscal challenges. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania House is working to wrap up budget season votes, a day after grinding to a halt over a critical education bill.

The Republican-controlled chamber returned to session Friday, two days from the annual deadline, hoping to send Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf the last of the bills that together make up a $34 billion compromise budget package.

A protracted standoff isn’t likely, as the main budget bill and most other needed legislation are already headed to Wolf.

The education bill failed late Thursday, when dozens of Republicans joined nearly all Democrats in voting against it, but for different reasons.

Some Republicans objected to lowering the mandatory start of school from age 8 to 6.

Democrats want career and technical education bills to be part of the deal.