The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

June 27, 2013

Meetings, but few details as Pennsylvania lawmakers’ scramble


The Associated Press

— HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Corbett and top Republican lawmakers continue to meet behind closed doors and give few details about their ongoing efforts to piece together a budget, as well as legislation on transportation funding, private wine and liquor sales and public employee pensions.

The House and Senate each scheduled voting sessions today. Lawmakers plan to work straight through Sunday as they scramble to wrap up a $28 billion-plus budget and reach consensus on the three issues that Corbett wants completed before they leave for the summer Monday.

However, Corbett and his fellow Republicans haven’t pieced together how exactly to pay for their spending plan, which remains private. Meanwhile, entrenched divisions among Republicans mean prospects are dimming for passing legislation on transportation funding, private wine and liquor sales and public employee pensions.