HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Lawmakers are trickling back into the Capitol for another day of work in an 11th-hour clash over a deal to end Pennsylvania’s 5-month-old budget stalemate.
The Senate’s schedule Monday could include passage of a $30.8 billion spending plan and legislation to cut costs and overhaul benefits in Pennsylvania’s two mammoth public-sector pension systems.
Wolf, a Democrat, has agreed to sign the Senate legislation after he secured an agreement to raises taxes to deliver a record boost in aid to public schools and narrow a long-term budget deficit.
Senate Republicans say the pension legislation will lessen taxpayer risk by introducing a 401(k)-style plan component. It also scales back benefits for current employees, prompting a union lawsuit threat.
House GOP leaders helped negotiate the deal, but rank-and-file House Republicans are pushing back against it.
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