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House assigns blame as budget talks crash; Wolf draws “line in the sand”

The latest push to finish Pennsylvania’s late, unbalanced budget has melted down. After several false starts, talks between House Democrats and Republicans dissolved into fights Wednesday over who’s at fault for the chamber’s inability to find consensus on a tax package. Meanwhile Governor Tom Wolf declared himself “done” playing games, and unexpectedly announced he’ll balance [...]

Pa. House narrowly passes a tax-free budget funding plan

The state House of Representatives has narrowly voted to move a budget plan built largely on one-time fund transfers. Although it represents the first action on the overdue budget in well over a month, it’s unclear how much it’ll move the needle toward a resolution. The Senate and the administration of Governor Tom Wolf both [...]

Environmentalists say budget bill would delay compliance with Clean Power Plan

Nine environmental groups attacked a budget-related bill that was passed by the Pennsylvania Senate Thursday, saying it would “gut” environmental regulations and delay the state’s implementation of the federal government’s ambitious Clean Power Plan to cut emissions from power plants. The groups said amendments to the fiscal code, which would enable passage of the long-delayed [...]

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