Pa. Lawmakers work on budget in final days of state budget year

    The clock is ticking on Pennsylvania budget negotiations with just a few days left in the state’s fiscal year.

    Lawmakers planned to get back to business on Monday after working through the weekend on the budget and other legislation.

    Republican majorities in the House and Senate are pushing for a budget that closes a yawning deficit without new taxes, and puts a bit more money into education.

    Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, is warning he’ll veto the budget if it gets to his desk in its current form. He hasn’t said if he’ll veto it completely or exercise the governor’s line-item veto.

    Wolf wants a tax on natural gas drilling to fund public education and a shift away from property taxes that fund schools.

    Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

    Help us get to 100% of our membership goal to support the reporters covering our region, the producers bringing you great local programs and the educators who teach all our children.