Pa. lawmakers inch closer to budget deal in final week

    Pennsylvania state lawmakers are trickling back into the Capitol for the final days of the state government’s fiscal year as budget negotiators try to produce a budget package that Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf will sign.

    The House was scheduled to convene Monday at 11 a.m. and the Senate at 1 p.m.

    Leaders of the four legislative caucuses broke from a meeting just after midnight Sunday reporting no final agreements on a spending level or a tax package to close a deficit.

    They say they’re inching closer to an agreement, and a House GOP spokesman says budget legislation could be unveiled in the coming hours after more closed-door discussion.

    Funding for human services and public schools could be affected, depending on the spending level, while higher taxes on cigarettes are under discussion.

    The 2016-17 fiscal year starts Friday.

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