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Pennsylvania House GOP delays vote on budget-balancing plan

The Capitol dome in Harrisburg, Pa. (AP, file)

The Capitol dome in Harrisburg, Pa. (AP, file)

Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives is putting off preliminary votes on measures designed to plug state government’s $2.2 billion budget gap with money siphoned partly from public transportation and environmental improvement programs.

Speaker Mike Turzai abruptly adjourned the chamber Tuesday, surprising some rank-and-file members of the House’s GOP majority. The House is supposed to return to session Wednesday, but it’s not clear what’ll happen next in a budget stalemate now in its third month.

The plan is opposed by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, House Democratic leaders and southeastern Pennsylvania Republicans as a way to keep state agencies, programs, schools and institutions funded at levels supported overwhelmingly by lawmakers in a $32 billion spending agreement.

With the state’s main bank account getting low, Wolf’s administration is warning insurers that they may not receive Medicaid payments on time.

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